Iran’s Student Protests on Video


Protesters gathered at universities in Tehran, Iran, earlier today to voice their discontent with President Ahmadinejad as well as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who, unlike the president, does not often face public criticism. The university protesters, chanting “death to dictator,” were joined by protesters in surrounding regions. The protests fall on the day of commemoration for three Iranian students killed in 1953.

Though phones were down in Tehran, making it difficult for protesters to coordinate or publicize their activities, and foreign media are banned from the country, Enduring America has great video coverage of the day’s protest:

The police have fired on protesters, exiled Iranian opposition leaders in neighboring countries told the BBC earlier today. The BBC also reported one especially ironic twist: as protesters filled the streets, a round-table discussion on student loyalty was broadcast on state television. 

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  • Rachael is a Media Consortium editorial intern at Mother Jones’ DC bureau.