23 March, 2005

More Protests in Iran

Using the celebration of Norouz, the new year in the ancient Zoroastrian calender, as a cover, Iranians young and old protested for drastic change in their government.

"This is a way for people to use their national traditions to show their opposition to the regime," said a man called Reza, before hurrying away, saying that the security forces were lurking nearby

Muhammad Ghodzi, 28, a student, bristled with anger as he criticised the regime. "We hate their brand of Islam because it spills blood," he said. "This is a sort of Islam that keeps people backward. But young people nowadays think."
Asked what kind of political system he wanted, he replied: "Democratic, with a separation between religion and politics ... We will sacrifice our lives for democracy and freedom."

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