From Jerusalem, Iran can look pretty threatening, especially if its policies are as hostile as those of the Islamic Republic. Fortunately, an Israeli lawyer, an expat from Iran named Daniel Dana, keeps tabs on events in his homeland. Apparently all is not smoothly flying carpets in the Islamic Republic after all. From his web-site, the "Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran" (SMCCDI), I regularly get reports of unrest on universities, worker unrest and the like. The image he paints is one of a low to medium-boil of constant on-going revolt.
Yesterday evening, three reports came in concerning riots at universities and in town squares all over Iran over the Fire Feast, a holdover from Persiaâ€™s Zoroastrian past, used these days to protest the religious suppression and control of life in Iran. The final report is "current news".
According to this report hundreds were arrested last night. Women who've been arrested are expected to be punished by flogging, and the young men can expect to sit a long time before being even sent to trial.
The most violent clashes happened in the Madar, Javadieh, and Sadeghie areas of Tehran and main squares of cities, such as Esfahan, Ahvaz, Khorram-Abad, Hamedan, Sari, and Kermanshah.
Apparently the secret police tried to put an anti-Israel spin on the whole affair by burning Israeli and American flags. Also according to this report,
"The riots... took the regime by surprise due to an unprecedented participation which marks the increasing Nationalistic and Secularist feelings of
This morning, a report came in from the Washington Times about how the elites in Iran are starting to spurn the countryâ€™s president for pursuing irresponsible economic and military policies that could isolate his country. The paper cites an indirect swipe at his ties to the messianic circles with whom he is linked.
"Mr. Ghaninejad was one of 13 experts in economics who warned, in two petitions to the government just before Mr. Ahmadinejad was elected, that his populist, short-term policies would spell disaster for Iran in the long term.