04 June, 2005

Student Protests Growing in Iran

“This tribune is where we make our demands peacefully for the final time. They better listen to our call”, a student leader shouted to a cheering crowd at Tehran’s Amir Kabir University.

See also:
Students disrupt speech of Iran presidential candidate
Skirmishes broke out at Khoy University (north-western Iran) yesterday between students and security forces, when the latter attempted to quell a protest against the upcoming June 17 presidential elections.Student protestors gathering on campus called for a mass boycott of the elections.

Recent polls suggest that only 10-15% of the population support the mullahs and that as many as 90% of Iranians are going to boycott the June 17th elections, or vote a blank ballot in protest. Many observers, even within the cleric's regime, have admitted that anything short of 40% turnout would call the legitimacy of the regime and the election into question.

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