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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Students Day Protests in Iran?

The country's security forces are bracing for protests tomorrow to mark Students Day.

Iranian authorities warned of crackdowns as they tried to head off possible protests Monday, when the country marks Students Day -- the anniversary of the 1953 killing of three university students by security forces.

Authorities prepared for public gatherings that could turn into demonstrations against the June 12 elections, in which hardline incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the overwhelming winner.

The heavily disputed results led to protests nationwide and the jailing of hundreds of demonstrators. Charges of torture, rape and other abuses have since emerged from those jailed.

Iran's population is about 60% below the age of 25. It was the students that accounted not only for a large portion of the previous protests following the elections but also were often the ones video taping, tweeting, and providing the new media eye witness accounts.

Some revolutions explode on the scene. Others take months and years to form. Tomorrow will be a test of the strength of the protestors and the administration. If there is still to be a revolution in Iran, tomorrow must bring a massive and visible protest.

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