Monday, July 31, 2006

Batebi Arrested Again

In other Iranian student prisoners news, the famed 1999 student protester, Ahmad Batebi, has reportedly been arrested again. It is a wonder that he is alive at all, considering the high number of casualties sustained by the peaceful student demonstrators of 9 July 1999 and, four years later, 9 July 2003. Is there a new crackdown in place -- considering the news of Akbar Mohammadi and now Batebi?

For anyone who is still under the impression that Mohammad Khatami was a reformist and much better than the hardliners, consider the long and lamentable list of injustices committed during his presidency -- the horrific backlash against Iranians who participated in these two demonstrations being at the top of the list.

This regime never had a reform movement and it never will.

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