Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted the United States and other Western countries for stirring up trouble inside Iran, a day before students are expected to hold peaceful demonstrations on university campuses across Iran.
Both the Iranian government and student opposition activists are gearing up for what many are expecting will be a large turnout of demonstrators, Monday, on university campuses across the country.
December 7 is known as “national students’ day” in Iran, and it marks the anniversary of the 1953 slaying of three students by Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi’s security forces, following a coup against populist Prime Minister Mohammed Mosadegh, earlier that year
Eyewitnesses say hundreds of students have received threatening emails, this week, warning them not to participate in Monday’s demonstrations. Pro-government Basij militia members are also reported to be present in large numbers on campuses across the country.
Internet connection speeds in Iran are also reported to be extremely slow, amid word the government is again trying to hamper communications between Iranians and the outside world. Foreign media have also been warned not to cover Monday’s rallies.
Here’s hoping that all involved defy Khamene’i and the regime. The fact that the regime needs to remain on its guard against student demonstrators shows just how insecure it is.