for want of democracy
Yes, I'm supposed to be on hiatus, but I'm so discouraged and outraged at what is going on in Iran that I couldn't help but post.
As mentioned below, the students had called off their organized protests for today, fearing a violent backlash from the mullahs.
However, that has not stopped the mullahs from cracking down on dissidents:
Three leading Iranian student activists have been detained in Tehran, minutes after canceling protests called to mark the anniversary of student unrest in the capital four years ago. Other members of the pro-reform student umbrella group Office to Consolidate Unity say the three activists were taken away by plainclothes men.
Reuters news agency quotes witnesses as saying about 15 people armed with handguns pushed aside uniformed police and forced the three activists into waiting cars. The report says other activists barricaded themselves in OCU offices and refused to come out until reformists lawmakers arrived to guarantee their safety.
Moments before being detained, the three activists said they were canceling a campus protest and demonstrations in front of the United Nations offices in the capital. They said they feared a backlash from government security forces.
If I hear anyone bitch about how this country (America) squashes dissent and crushes the spirit of rebellion and how our liberties and rights are being diminished, I will point them towards this day in Iranian history, so they can see what "the squashing of dissent" really means.
I do hope when we hear news of those arrested today, they have not been killed for their desire for democracy. I'm not holding my breath.
[This is also being covered on Command Post]
Why is there such a lack of coverage in the media on this story? Why aren't lefty sites such as Indymedia - aren't they the people who usually scream about human rights and freedoms? - covering this at all. The silence from mainstream media as well is very strange.