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Monday, December 7, 2009

Iran Students Day Clashes

Fairly sizeable protests that number in the thousands are currently ongoing in Iran to mark Students Day and there are clashes between students and security.



Security forces and militiamen clashed with thousands of protesters shouting "death to the dictator" outside Tehran University on Monday, beating them with batons and firing tear gas on a day of nationwide student demonstrations, witnesses said.

The protests were the largest in months, as university students — a bedrock of support for the pro-reform movement — sought to energize the opposition with rallies at campuses across the country. The opposition has been reeling under a fierce crackdown since turmoil erupted over the disputed presidential election
in June.

Thousands of riot police, Revolutionary Guard forces and pro-government Basij militiamen flooded the area around Tehran University since the morning...


The protests have also been captured on You tube.



and



Twitter has again become a major source of on the ground news. Here's a sampling.

human rights group says plainclothes police used fake IDs to infiltrate protests,

...

Iran slows Internet access before student protests




The two most common tweets are words of encouragement.

Bravo to Uprising of courageous students & ppl of #Iran on Student&

...

Today was a monumental day for the freedom movement in #Iran Thanks to all R brave students


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