December 07, 2002


IRANWATCH: The government has demanded that student day demonstrations-- probably going on as I write-- be limited to campuses. Who knows how this is playing out. Incidentally, concerns that internet publicity might have somehow tipped the regime off are unfounded; everyone knew there'd be demonstrations today, because it's National Student Day a holiday commemorating student activism. I'd seen references to "student day," but until reading the AFP story above I didn't understand that it was an official holiday. "The event marks the bloody 1953 repression of student protests against a visit by then-US vice president Richard Nixon during the late shah's reign, in which three students were killed," says the article. Ironic that today's student movement has a distinct pro-American flavor.

Posted by John Tabin at December 7, 2002 07:42 AM