Ahmad Batebi, the courageous student of Tehran University who was holding the bloody T-shirt of Ezzat Ebrahim-Nejad, a fellow student who was killed by the Islamic Republic's vigilantes. He has been condemned to 15 years of imprisonment, following the commutation of a scandalous death sentence which raised the international protest
(the summer of 1999)
There is no country without a figurehead (leader), but the figurehead must believe in democracy to establish democracy, not amending the existing constitution towards dictatorship. The figurehead must be elected by the people's vote for a limited term, not be appointed for a life-time leadership like Imam or Shah.
A corrupt or a dictator president would be kicked out of power by the people's vote after the four year term of presidency. To get rid of a dictator, who is a life-time supreme leader, a long term bloody fight is inevitable.
The Shah (Khod-eye-Gone), who believed that his position in government was divine, imprisoned, tortured and killed people to save his life-time leadership. The Imam (Velayet-e-Faghih) is committing the same atrocities for similar reasons.
The right tools to lead the society towards democracy are not brutal secret police force, torture, imprisonment, censorship, phony elections and ... A good leader must believe in people to provide the right tools and materials to let people learn and gain democracy, not like the Shah or Imam to provide the tools to keep people in the dark and prolong the dictatorship. One of the right tools is the book and the good books were always forbidden by the dictators and possession or reading of those books have been called crime by Savak/Shah and now by Savama/Imam.