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THE HATE OF THE PEOPLE REACHING EXPLOSION POINT

Published Tuesday, September 28, 2004



PARIS, 28 Sept. (IPS) The demonstrations that took place in Tehran and some other major Iranian cities on Sunday 26 September 2004 on the call by a maverick, if not lunatic, Iranian opponent reverberated by the Los Angeles-based Iranian radio and television stations shows above all the degree of the hate the Iranians have for the ruling ayatollahs and the vulnerability of the Islamic Republic, according to political analysts and experts.

On the invitation of a certain Ahoura Pirouz Khaleqi Yazdi, an “unknown illustrious” who, since two months ago, promises the “liberation” of Iran from the grip of the ayatollahs on first of October, hundreds of people and cars poured into the streets, blaring horns, congratulating each other and distributing sweets and patisseries to passer byes.

That so many people come out on the invitation of a man whom they don't know tells you that the society, frustrated, humiliated, oppressed and insulted by the clerics, has reached the explosion point.

Addressing Iranians inside the country on the Rangarang (multicolour) television, Mr. Ahoura who has predicted the “disappearing” of the mullahs, the restoration of a secular and democratic regime, had urged Iranians to come out on Sunday 26 September for peaceful demonstrations.

According to press reports, about two thousand people milled around streets in downtown Tehran, many of them driving cars up and down major avenues, honking their horns and flashing victory signs. Hundreds of volunteer militiamen arrived on the scene, but there were no violent clashes.

Although demonstrations for democracy are rather rare in Iran, but it is not unusual neither, for, in the past, Iranian students have taken to the streets several times to call for change from the country's conservative clerical leadership.

In 1999, the closure of a reformist newspaper led to student protests and six days of rioting. In 2003, thousands of students held nightly marches in Tehran, backed by ordinary people, on the incitation of foreign-based radio and televisions, most of them pro-Monarchy.

“That so many people come out on the invitation of a man who was the centre of jokes and laughter for the last two-three months tells you about the depth of the hate the Iranians for the ruling ayatollahs. It also shows that the society, frustrated, humiliated, oppressed and insulted by the clerics, has reached the explosion point. It is also dangerous, for it shows that any group, or a hostile nation with proper planning and program, might bring down the Islamic Republic”, one Iranian journalist told the Persian service of Radio France International.

Those who have heard Dr. Ahoura say he seems to be a bit illiterate, his Farsi is weak and he lack charisma.

So, how to explain the presence of so many people in the streets, not only in the capital, but also major cities and even some smaller ones?

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“As soon as Iranians hear something, as soon some one invites them to come out into the streets and demonstrate against the regime, there are plenty, mostly young ones, to heed”, a analyst in Tehran explained to Iran Press Service, adding that the last Sunday after noon demonstrations was not “that strange”.

“People are so desperate that they are ready to throw themselves into the fire. They came out, greeted each other, saying haxa, haxa–code name of Dr Ahoura -- mobarak, tabrik (felicitation, congratulation) without ever thinking what that haxa means or that Mr. Ahoura speaks as he is another God’s Messenger?”, he pointed out.

Mr. Alireza Nourizadeh, an independent journalist in London says Iranians are so desperate for change nowadays that they are willing to believe anything. He added that many who don't put faith in Dr. Ahoura's claims still went into the streets out of a desire to see something happen.

"The majority of people who participated in the demonstration came out either out of curiosity or they came out expecting something big is going to happen," he said. "I mean, I was talking to a university professor and he was telling me: I know all this is a shamble, it's crooks, and all of that, but I came out with my wife and my children just to see what's going to happen", the Voice of America quoted Mr. Nourizadeh as having explained.

The Iranian Labour News Agency ILNA described the protesters as “monarchists”, loyal to the monarchy regime that was toppled in the 1979 by Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic revolution and founder of the present Islamic Republic.

"These people are obviously under the influence of the Iranian opposition based abroad", the report said, confirming also that some clashes had occurred and several demonstrators arrested by Law Enforcement Forces and plain clothes agents.

The leniency – some says unusual -- the Police showed towards the demonstrators prompted other analysts asking if the new liberator is not a product of the regime itself?

A group of volunteer militiamen arrived on motorbikes as scores of people had been chanting "freedom," clapping and handing out pastries but there was no sign of any fighting.

In the view of Mr. Sadeq Saba, a senior analyst of Iranian affairs for the BBC, the fact that no major clashes had been reported shows that the regime is not afraid of such calls and demonstrations.

The leniency – some says unusual -- the Police showed towards the demonstrators prompted other analysts asking if the new liberator is not a product of the regime itself?

However, other analysts, more adept of “theories of conspiracy”, a national sport of Iranians in general asked if the whole affair is not a “rehearsal” of some scenarios, some foreign nations are preparing for Iran?

"We were responding to his call to avoid a war," the French news agency AFP quoted one person who said he had taken part in the gathering.

"Ahura Pirouz Khaleghi was saying that Israel intends to attack Iran and that he had asked (Israeli Prime Minister) Ariel Sharon to give him the time to return home and sort out the problem", the person told AFP.

For Dr. Mohammad-Reza Djalili, a professor at the Graduate Instiute of International Studies of Geneva, Switzerland, "this shows that people are awainting a messia to liberate them from this regime and for this reason, they accept any sign".

In his view, as well as that a journalist in Tehran, since the reforms promised by the lamed President Mohammad Khatami have all failed, people are despaired, grabbing on anything to salvage themselve, ready to pay the highest price"

“The invisible hand that pushes Haxa, is that of the United States and Israel, busy taking polls and preparing plans”, wrote the leftist “Peyknet” website on the event, predicting that the time bomb generated by the hate of the regime would explode, “maybe not on first of October, the date of liberation and freedom promised by Mr. Ahoura, but at another time”. ENDS IRAN DEMOS 28904

 

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Jesus Aguilar
Saturday, September 29, 2007 16:38 [ 1 ]

The new empire. Iran, Venezuela and bolivia.

Mahyar
Monday, October 1, 2007 13:03 [ 2 ]

This is true.god help iranans.

Amir
Friday, October 5, 2007 00:43 [ 3 ]

I know I am Iranian and I am like all iranian people hoping someday someday we'll be free... thank you for help everybody to know this goverment... Amir Toronto canada

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As of January 2009, this site is definitely closed, but you can follow Safa Haeri on his new blog: DAMAVAND at http://wwwdamavandsafa.blogspot.com


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