Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wednesday December 2nd, 2009 Newsletter

Student Information Center (SIC)

Newsletter Issue 137 - Wednesday December 2nd, 2009                                                                                                                                                             

Future Plans
--Iranian-style protests, Thursday evening, go to parks and around in the city with family.
--Accompanying mothers of the green movement victims in Laleh Park – every Saturday afternoon.
--Chanting on the roof tops the night of Dec 6th (Azar 15th).
--Spreading news about Dec 7 (Azar 16th) demonstrations on the anniversary of Student Day in private and public universities across the country; inviting people and students to attend these ceremonies in universities.

--BBC: Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi, Tehran's prosecutor, released a statement regarding the death of Dr. Ramin Pourandarjani, who was the doctor at Kahrizak detention centre. He announced that the death of the doctor was caused by a poisoning medication found in the salad next to his body. He added that they are currently investigating whether the death was a suicide, or murder. Kahrizak was the detention centre where it was revealed that the arrested were kept in inhumane conditions and tortured and killed. It's closure was ordered by the Supreme Leader several months ago. Dr.
Pourandarjani was found dead shortly after.
--Rooz Online: M. Pezeshkyan, reformist parliamentary representative, said that medical record do not indicate that Dr. Ramin Pourandarjani suffered from any mental illnesses and hence suicide would not be a likely cause of death. He added that police members present at Kahrizak detention center will be called in for questioning regarding the death of Dr. Pourandarjani.
--The Green Path: Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi, also made a statement regarding the planned December 7th opposition rallies. He said that it is the police's duty to confront any gathering that does not have a proper permit, as well as confronting those who jeopardize public order.
--Wave of Freedom: weekly Times has nominated Iranian protesters in it's list of important people of 2009. This candidacy has been said to be based on the courage demonstrated after the Iranian elections.
--Radio Zamaneh: Regarding the resolution recently passed by the international body against the Islamic Republic, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Moscow has made a mistake ( Russia has been siding with Iran until recently) and that other countries such as Afghanistan that agreed with the resolution were either tricked or under pressure. he finally added that he does not mind this new resolution adding :"let them release resolutions until they get tired of it".
--Deutsche Welle: Sardar Rajab Zadeh, Tehran's chief of police announced that he plans to deal with disorder caused by motorcyclists by increasing the presence of police around Tehran. He added that residents of Tehran have gotten accustomed to the presence of police and if they are removed, chaos will return. He then added that in order to guarantee order, there will be no limit to the number of police members that could be present on the streets of Tehran.
--Rooz Online: Regarding the select Zahra Rahnavard, as the third influential individual in 2009 (by Foreign Policy), pro-Ahmadinejad newspapers in Iran expressed their anger. They compared this selection, as well as Shirin Ebadi's Nobel Peace Prize, to "parasites who feed on the ignorance and prejudice of people". --AUTnews: Students of Razi University at Kermanshah demonstrated and went on hunger strike against continued arrests and oppression in the university. They refused to participate in classes on Tuesday. Pictures of this demonstration has been attached to the news letter. 
News of the arrested, the missing and the deceased
--Mowjcamp: Saeed Leylaz, political analyst has been sentenced to 9 years of prison, also Shapoor Kazemi, Zahra Rahvanard's brother has been sentenced to 1 year of prison. 

Recommendations and Warnings
--A new anti-filtering strategy: 1- Visit, 2- register an account (sign up for a free email), 3- download free software (AOL 9.5), 4- sign into your account in AOL 9.5, 5- enjoy surfing high speed internet without filtering.
--Mohsen Sazegara described the following in his daily discussions
Heavy sentences for political activists is a follow up of the oppression strategy of the government and has proven ineffective. We will hope that these sentences would be removed soon.
For 7th of Dec. demonstrations, its suggested that people join not only large universities but also smaller ones, as the militia forces will not be able to attack all the universities and will try to show their power only at a few ones.
Absence of high rank officials at the gathering in the parliament such as Ahmadinejad, Rafsanjani as well as previous heads of the parliament Karoubi and Nategh-noori shows that separation and dis-unity at high ranks of the government still continues and seems unresolvable.
High school students are also encouraged to join the university students in the coming 'student day' demonstrations.

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