Iran Update
Volume: 2 - Issue:  9209 February 2011
Iran Update
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We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).    
Clinton expresses support for Iranian protesters
 

The Associated Press

15  February 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has expressed support for the tens of thousands of protesters in Iran's capital, saying they "deserve to have the same rights that they saw being played out in Egypt and are part of their own birthright."

Speaking to reporters after meeting House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) on Capitol Hill, Clinton says she and others in Barack Obama administration "very clearly and directly support the aspirations of the people who are in the streets" of Tehran.

She spoke of the "hypocrisy" of the Iranian government that hailed the protests in Egypt but has tried to suppress opposition at home.

She said there "needs to be a commitment to open up the political system, to hear the voices of the opposition and civil society."

 

 
 
 
 
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Maryam Rajavi: Iranian people's protest today show their desire for overthrow of the clerical regime .
 

NCRI

 

14  February 2011

 NCRI - Commenting on Iranian people's protest today, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said: Today's people's uprising in Tehran and many other cities across Iran chanting "Down with the dictator" once again showed the Iranian people's desire to overthrow the religious fascism ruling Iran. Today, the will of Iranian women and youths overwhelmed the suppressive measures adopted by the Iranian regime and vast numbers of IRGC and Bassij paramilitary force.

As in Egypt and Tunisia, the Iranian people's uprising will continue until the overthrow of the religious dictatorship ruling Iran with all its factions, to establish democracy and popular sovereignty. She called on the international community to impose comprehensive sanctions against the Iranian regime and sever ties with it and take urgent measures to release those arrested today.

Since early hours this afternoon, various parts of Tehran witnessed protest demonstrations despite unprecedented suppressive measures. The suppressive forces attacked protesters and clashed with people.

 

 
 
 
 
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Police disperse Iranian protesters with tear gas .
 

The Associated Press

15  February 2011

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Clashes between Iranian police and tens of thousands of protesters wracked central Tehran on Monday killing one person, as opposition supporters tried to evoke the spirit of Egypt's recent popular uprising.

The opposition called for a demonstration Monday in solidarity with Egypt's popular revolt that a few days earlier forced the president there to resign after nearly 30 years in office. The rally is the first major show of strength for Iran's cowed opposition in more than a year.

Police used tear gas against the protesters in central Tehran's Enghelab, or Revolution, square and in Imam Hossein square, as well as in other nearby main streets. Demonstrators responded by setting garbage bins on fire to protect themselves from the stinging white clouds

 

 
 
 
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Bomb attack survivor Iran's new atomic chief
 
AFP 
13  February 2011

TEHRAN - Iran has appointed nuclear scientist Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, who survived a bomb attack in November, as the country's new atomic chief, state television reported on its website on Sunday.

Abbasi Davani, a target of UN sanctions, replaces Ali Abkar Salehi who was endorsed as foreign minister last month.

The announcement of his appointment was declared in an order issued by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the television website said.

"You are hereby appointed as a vice president and head of Atomic Energy Organisation considering the level of your commitment, piety and fruitful scientific and executive records," Ahmadinejad said in the appointment order carried by the website.

Abbasi Davani, a senior figure in Iran's nuclear programme, was wounded in a bomb attack on November 29 in Tehran which the Islamic republic blamed on the CIA and Mossad.

 

 
 
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White House calls on Iran to allow rally
 
AFP 
13 February 2011

WASHINGTON - A senior White House official on Saturday criticized Iran's refusal to let opponents of the regime hold a rally in support of Arab uprisings.

"By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians," National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said in a statement.

"We call on the government of Iran to allow the Iranian people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate that's being exercised in Cairo," he added.

Iran's Islamic government said the proposed rally is a ploy for fresh anti-government protests, similar to those in 2009 following the disputed reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It described the request for the rally as "illegal."

But the day before, Ahmadinejad himself said it was the "right" of Egyptians to protest against US ally Hosni Mubarak, just hours before the Egyptian strongman stepped down.

 

 
 
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Egyptian protestors express solidarity with Iranian people uprising, condemn regime .
 
NCRI 
14 February 2011

NCRI - Thousands of Egyptian youths in Cairo's Tahrir Square have declared solidarity with the Iranian people who are being brutally suppressed by a regime characterized by corruption and repression, the Kuwaiti daily Al Seyassah reported on Saturday.

The statement entitled "From Egyptian freedom-lovers to the freedom-lovers of Iran," addresses the "great people of Egypt" and says, "Some tried to hijack your revolution. The murderous Khamenei and his puppet Hassan Nasrallah tried to paint your revolution as 'Islamic' and insulted your uprising. They want to sow the seeds of division among us."

 

 
 
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