Pro-Ahmadinejad Thugs Stab & Beat Student Protesters!
Iranian students were stabbed and beaten with chains today while peacefully protesting for the release of Babak Zamanian, a student leader who was arrested last week by the regime!
Babak Zamanian, a student at Amir Kabir, in Tehran, is on crutches in this earlier photo (New York Times) because of a beating by supporters of President Ahmadinejad. Last week he was arrested by the regime.
Tehran, 30 April (AKI) – A group of supporters of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday forced their way into the campus of top Tehran university Amir Kabir Polytechnic and assaulted a group of student activists who were staging a peaceful rally against the detention of their spokesman Babak Zamanian, who was arrested last week. About a dozen students who were stabbed and attacked with chains were transferred to hospital. A similar attack by Ahmadinejad supporters was carried out Monday against activists at the university of Lorestan, in western Iran.
About a dozen government supporters wounded with knives students who were staging a demonstration on campus. One of the protesters, Siamak Nadali is in hospital in a critical condition.
Students at the university of Lorestan were carrying out an all-out protest, following the example of their peers in the capital Tehran, in Babol near the Caspian sea, and Shiraz in the west, who are rallying against new government measures imposing strict new dress codes and opening hours on campus as well as restrictions on political activity.
Last December, dozens of protesters burned pictures of Ahmadinejad crying ‘dictator go away’, ‘death to dictatorship’ and threw firecrackers when Ahmadinejad was visiting Amir Kabir university in Tehran. The rally forced him to interrupt several times a speech he was giving and leave before scheduled.
On Wednesday April 25, the leader of the Muslim Students Association at a Tehran polytechnic was arrested. Babak Zamanian was reportedly arrested because of interviews he gave to Farsi language radio stations that broadcast outside Iran.
The students of the Amir Kabir Polytechnic made front page news around the world last December when they managed to prevent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on a visit to their campus, from making his speech. It was the first time since his landslide victory in June 2005 that Ahmadinejad had been challenged in public.
Kamangir has links to Farsi websites reporting on this brutal crackdown.
Update: Also today there are reports that protesting workers were beat up in front of Ahmadinejad’s office.