Iranian Momentum Still Going Strong – by Lisa Daftari


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Serious threats imposed by the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary guards did not stop thousands of protestors from marching in the streets of Tehran last Sunday. The protestors wanted to make it clear that the post-election momentum has not dissipated.

Security forces barricaded the city’s main roads to prevent the opposition from gaining force as plain clothed and uniformed guards spread through streets using aggression and, in some reported incidents, violence to deter the demonstrators.

Sunday’s protests commemorated the murders of political activists Dariush Forouhar and his wife, Parvaneh, who were viciously stabbed to death in 1998.  The Forouhars were the founders and leaders of the Hezb-e-Melat-e Iran, or the Nation of Iran Party, that openly criticized the Islamic regime.

Protest organizers arranged small-scale protests in various corners of the city to begin in the morning and to march toward the Forouhar home, located in central Tehran, in the late afternoon.  Before protesters could get close to their neighborhood, riot police had already closed off the area with metal blockades.

“My parents and many like them died in the name of freedom for the people of Iran,” said Parastou Forouhar, the daughter of the slain couple, in a phone interview while Revolutionary guards were still vigilantly loitering outside her parents’ home Sunday night.

Parastou and her brother Arash, who flew into Tehran from Frankfurt, Germany, where they currently live, visit their parents’ home every year on the anniversary of their deaths.

“I want to keep their memory alive and to keep the momentum of the Iranian opposition going.  We have to remember the crimes of this regime,” she said.

Loud cheering and the chanting of political slogans could be heard blocks away where demonstrators had been stopped, she said.  Regime guards had ordered her and her family to not leave the house all day.

Reports indicated that students protesting at Tehran University Sunday had a sizeable turnout but were contained by police and not allowed to leave campus.  Similar reports came from the University of Shiraz, though not confirmed.

Riot police and Islamic security forces have repeatedly warned protestors not to participate in demonstrations, threatening arrest and severe repercussions.  Yet, since the upheaval that followed the contested June 12 elections, the Iranian opposition, lacking the authority to stage its own demonstrations, has used holidays and commemorative days to organize and protest in the streets, universities and in various cities across the country.

Since June, the regime has feared that large-scale protests will potentially disrupt and cause significant damage to the Islamic Republic’s stronghold.  The violence and demonstrations that erupted following the elections were the most impressive display of disenchantment and frustration by the Iranian people since this regime has been in power.

“Despite all the threats, the people of Iran are not giving up and have shown us that they will fight for their freedom and for human rights to the very end,” said Roozbeh Farahanipour, political activist and demonstration organizer, who is currently in Los Angeles communicating with constituents on the ground in Iran.  “The people are more eager than ever to expose the crimes of the regime and to undermine them at any cost.”

Of the thousands arrested during the election upheaval, over 100 activists were on trial. Just last week, five of those defendants were sentenced to death while 81 received prison sentences of up to15 years.   During the protests, 69 demonstrators were killed, according to the opposition, although the Islamic Republic says the number is only 30.

“The regime might believe that they are making an example out of these innocent protestors, but in reality, they are only proving how inhumane and violent they are and fueling the people to keep going back out onto the streets to overthrow this government,” Farahanipour said.

Currently, protest organizers and activists are planning wide-ranging demonstrations to take place December 7, encouraging Iranians to stage demonstrations on Iran’s annual Students’ Day.

  • riverfred

    With the exception of Obama, other U.S. Presidents would have supported the Iranian populace democratic actions. Unfortunately we have a marxist President bows to everyone and whose experience came from his liberal buddies and marxist college teachers along with his God Dam America preacher.

  • keithrage

    What a time for western encouragement but with only a fashion statement for a President we would have to rely on marxist thugs to write a comment for his teli-prompter and that is not going to happen

  • antioli

    Arms to the Students and all Protesters.

  • sam000

    Yes, this is what should be done, but, USA and the free world will condemn immediately the armed resistance of the people against the criminal Mullahs.

    One month ago UN and US labeled the Ballochi Resistance Terrorist because they bombed and killed 13 high commanders of the passdarans.

    Those 13 Passdarans commanders were the responsible of the repressions of the people during the last 3 months.

    This is the way how USA Administrations back actively the Mullahs regime of Iran.

  • bushlikesdick12

    Obama's diplomacy efforts have beared fruit: Russia and China have stepped up their pressure on Iran to disconintue their nuclear weapons ambitions.

    Something Bush clearly couldn't do.

  • http://twitter.com/ARKovnat Alex Kovnat

    Iran is a captive nation, as were Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, etc. during the cold war.

  • Robert Bernier

    Wow! Read this one. It is really good. And this gentleman says it just like it is.

    This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
    for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

    Consult : http://xrl.us/bgeewc

  • sam000

    The fruit of what?!
    The fruit of inaction?
    The fruit of failure?
    The fruit of weakness?

    USA has failed in his past and continue his failure by negotiating with the most dangerous regime of the world in spite of the the popular uprising of the Iranians who reject this regime.

    Your Obama is wasting your credibility by negotiating with a regime that is rejected by his people, if you understand this situation, you will feel how shameful is your Obama's posture.

    Bush failed his war, he targeted nothing, and he was persisting that he makes his war against the terror,

    BUT, OBAMA shouted “HANDS UP” against the Nuclear threat of a Islamo-Fascism.

    Which one you prefer?
    The one who was stupid?
    Or the one who delivers your nation to Ahmadinejad?

    At least, BUSH never reduced himself and his nation at the level of Ahmadinejad.

  • bushlikesdick12

    sam,

    I don't know what to say to you except that my country apparantly dosn''t agree with you on how to solve Iran's nuclear ambitions.

    If you are so up to speed to solving this problem how would you solve it?

    Now don't forget to stay within the guildlines of the protocol for a U.N. resolution.

    We have to learn to play with others and that is why we created the U.N. — everyone thinks they are right including the Nazi's so don't put yourself on a pedistool.

    Another thing to keep in mind, my country doesn't necessarily have the same priorities as you do. Bush or Obama don''t lose much sleep thinking about how to appease your personal preferences and to take into consideration your own personal tragedies.

    Obama, as well as Bush, are probably thinking about a combination of things but I can tell you what is exactly in the forefront of theirs minds:

    ~~What is the best economic solution to this problem that will directly benefit the U.S. in the most possilble and credible way?~~

    When taking that statement into consideration Sam, do you really think your opinion of who is a coward and who is stupid really plays into their formula?

    Answer the question Sam — just answer the question directly and I will take into consideration of what you have to say after that.

  • richardzchesnoff

    Another fine piece by Daftari

  • sam000

    You said;

    ~~What is the best economic solution to this problem that will directly benefit the U.S. in the most possilble and credible way?~~

    When taking that statement into consideration Sam, do you really think your opinion of who is a coward and who is stupid really plays into their formula?
    =============================================
    Here, you are direct, and your question is the most clear.

    I'll try to make an answer at the level of your crystal clear question.

    Well, if we take the economic priorities the axis of the spin, I would say that, Ignoring the threat of the Islamism terrorism which is orchestrated by the religious regime of Iran from 30 years ago till now had already cost only to USA at least trillion of USD$ and you will continue to pay(you the Americans by your taxes) for the coming years.

    If this makes sense to you, I'll try to open this subject and discuss on detail the element and parameters that build this answer(to your question).