Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Saturday, June 21, 2003

It seems Yazdi's call for the death penalty for protestors became a catalyst to incite more protests. Brave bastiches.

Unrest in the Iranian capital has spread to several other cities as a high-ranking imam called for protesters to be severely punished.

On Friday, demonstrations took place in Tabriz, Zanjan, Shiraz, Yazd, Sabzehvar, Kermanshah and Isfahan.

The nightly protests in the capital, Teheran, have also moved from the area around the Teheran University to other parts of the city.

Large numbers of people drove to the eastern neighbourhood of Ressalat on Friday night despite roadblocks manned by paramilitary forces armed with Kalashnikov rifles.

The drivers caused traffic jams and witnesses said vigilantes and the police in full riot gear clashed with protesters several times.

It was unclear how many students were arrested but in Tabriz, student websites said, the number so far might be as high as 135.

The Amir Kabir University website in Teheran said 50 students were nabbed in Yazd and 105 in Sabzehvar.

Among those arrested in the capital were children of prominent reformist politicians, including Members of Parliament Ahmad Shirzad and Mohsen Safai Farahani.

In a letter to judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi, Mr Shirzad said he had witnessed arrests being made based on an illegal court order allowing the police to take in anyone they found suspicious, the Iranian Student News Agency reported.

Emrooz, a website linked closely to the reformers, reported that the judiciary had also arrested four vigilantes who attacked protesters with knives and truncheons.

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