Iran's lesson in tyranny


The Iranian regime thwarted Opposition plans to hijack the 31st anniversary celebrations of the Islamic revolution yesterday by shipping in tens of thousands of supporters and violently suppressing anti-government protests.

The Opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Mohammed Khatami were attacked by security forces, as was Zahra Rahnavard, the wife of Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Zahra Eshraghi, the reform-minded granddaughter of Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 revolution, was arrested briefly. A protester named Leila Zareii, 27, was reportedly shot and killed.

“It’s pretty clear that Greens everywhere will feel demoralised ... The overall feeling is one of disappointment,” one source in Tehran told The Times last night.


There is much more.

This odious regime of religious bigots has exposed itself once more. It is too fragile to accept freedom of speech and assembly. In fact it might totter and fall if that were permitted, so it sends thugs out to beat up people and thwart their attempts to communicate their point of view.


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