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Iranian Youth Persevere
Jill Marie Parillo
June 19, 2009
Students were stabbed to death Sunday in their dormitory at Tehran University by Basij (an arm of the Revolutionary Guards). The Iranian government is silent on the issue, but it is starting to hit the news. Academics are resigning because of the killings, and Speaker of Parliament, Ali Larijani is calling for an inquiry from the Interior Ministry into the killings.
The Canadian Visa section is now closed in Tehran. The government is spending hundreds of thousands a day to block BBC Persian TV’s uplink to satellites and journalists are being arrested at their homes, but Iran’s youth are fighting back.
They are organizing flash mobs in front of the embassies of nations that trade the most with Iran. It is being reported through twitter that China trades 15% with Iran, Japan 14.3%, Turkey 7.4%, South Korea 7.3% and Italy 6.4%. Protesters want these nations to put pressure on Iran to hold a monitored recount or revote of the election.
Reformist supporters have also called on Google to go green in support of their movement (Green means- support for Mousavi). Although Google has yet to do so, they did put up a Persian/Farsi-English translation site to help the West communicate with Iranians.
Today the Supreme Leader will speak. It is happening any time now, and the text will be updated on this blog.