12 December 2006

Iran students heckle Ahmadinejad

When Al-Jazeera tells a story like this one, it means something.

Iranian students disrupted a speech by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, at a prestigious Tehran university, setting fire to his picture and heckling him.

The Fars news agency, which is close to Ahmadinejad, said on Monday: "Some students chanted radical slogans and inflamed the atmosphere of the meeting" at the Amir Kabir University.

"A small number of students shouted 'death to the dictator' and smashed cameras of state television but they were confronted by a bigger group of students in the hall chanting: 'We support Ahmadinejad'," it said.

A group of Amir Kabir's top students had earlier expressed objections to the government's economic and political agenda as well as confrontation with student activists and ridding universities of independent lecturers."Bankrupting the country's industry, inflation, distribution of poverty, defacement of the country's international image and playing with the nation's fate in diplomatic issues," were among the points brought up in a statement.
Whatever the number of students, there is something in the air. Coupled with the strengthening rumors about calls to move the presidential elections forward, this does not bode well for Mahmoud the Mad. Of course, the regime of Ayatollahs could be hardly shaken by a replacement of a puppet president, but it is a good sign.

Anyway, I have especially liked the following quotes:
"It is my honour to burn for the sake of the nation's ideals and defend the system," Ahmadinejad was quoted as telling protesters who set fire to his picture, according to ISNA.

"Americans must know that even if Ahmadinejad's body is burnt a thousand times for this purpose, Ahmadinejad will not retreat even a centimetre from these ideals."
Americans, and not only Americans, must also know that it is not a good idea to heat Ahmadinejad's body, let alone burn it. The body in question is so full of crap that it should be disposed in some other way, avoiding heating at any cost.

Cross-posted on Yourish.com