Cheat-Seeking Missles

Monday, December 18, 2006

A Falling Ahmadinejad Still Bullies

That was last week -- students loudly protesting the repressive policies of Mah- I'm- in- the- moud for forced unanimity Ahmadinejad (rhymes with "These punks have been had"). This week, the story is a bit different. From the protest-loving Guardian:
Iranian student activists who staged an angry protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week have gone into hiding in fear for their lives after his supporters threatened them with revenge.

One student fled after being photographed holding a banner reading, "Fascist president, the polytechnic is not for you", during Mr Ahmadinejad's visit to Tehran's Amir Kabir university. At least three others have gone underground after being seen burning his picture. Vigilantes from the militant Ansar-e Hezbollah group have been searching for them.

How could this be? After all, didn't Ahmadinejad say to these very students,
"Today, the worst type of dictatorship in the world is the American dictatorship which has been clothed in human rights."
Reminds me of a story about a certain emporer who thought he was clothed ... except that emporer was a fool and Ahmadinejad is merely a liar. But now he's a liar who, according to the students' account in the Guardian, has been pushed around a bit:

Last Monday's university demonstration triggered violent clashes between student activists and crowds of Basij militia, who were there to support the president. A shoe was thrown at Mr Ahmadinejad while a student had his nose broken by an aide to a cabinet minister.

Protesters later surrounded the president's car, prompting a security guard to fire a stun grenade to warn them off. Four cars in the presidential convoy collided in their haste to leave.
The student's anger was a precursor to this weekend's elections, in which Ahmadinejad's grip on power was sharply weakened. The former mayor of Tehran saw his home base reject him, as reformists wrestled control of the city from the Ahmadinijackles.

Let's see if those six reformist candidates are certified and sworn in, or if they join the university students in fearing for their lives.

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