Thursday, 21 July 2005
Wow I am not alone
Topic: Iraq War
I found a fellow traveler to my opinions in my last post.James McGovern, D-Mass, is a disingenuous fool
The House of Representatives passed a resolution today in the form of a rider on a State Department appropriations bill.
The measure, approved 291-137, says the United States should leave Iraq only when national security and foreign policy goals related to a free and stable Iraq have been achieved.
"Calls for an early withdrawal embolden the terrorists and undermine the morale" of U.S. and allied forces and put their security at risk, the amendment to a State Department bill reads.
That the resolution drew 137 votes in opposition is a painful reminder that we do not call upon Congress to formulate geopolitical strategy for a reason.
Some Members, however, were not merely content to vote against the resolution, but opened their mouths and proved their stupidity beyond a shadow of a doubt. James McGovern, a Democrat from Massachusetts, actually said that "to suggest those of us who oppose this war are somehow 'emboldening terrorists' is, to say the least, grotesque."
No, it actually is true. Of course Congressmen who advocate scheduling the withdrawal of the United States from Iraq are emboldening the insurgency. How could it be otherwise? The terrorists have established American withdrawal as their victory condition
Read all of it Tiger Hawk is ALWAYS great.
If your actions give Aid and Comfort to the Enemy how exactly does that fit into the framework of being a Patriot? Though I do notice that the other side of the political spectrum only uses the term Patriot to defend themselves from attack as in
You are insulting my Patriotism, at other times they use it as a swear word and an indication of mental feebleness.
I for one do not mind being called a Neanderthal.
I console myself with the fact that the cranial capacity of Homo Neanderthalis was some 20 to 25%
LARGER than modern man's and therefore MUCH larger than that of such pinheads.
Aid and Comfort to the Enemy?
Topic: Iraq War
On the news this evening, I heard something, not for the first time to be honest, and my patience and understanding snapped.
I did a search on the topic that caught my attention, and found.Pressure grows as Pentagon misses deadline on troop levels
By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff | July 12, 2005
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration yesterday came under more pressure to outline the number of American forces that may need to stay in Iraq over the next two years after the Pentagon failed to meet a 60-day deadline set by Congress to provide a detailed plan for training Iraqis and for likely US troop levels.
The report to Congress, due yesterday, was required under the $80 billion war spending legislation approved in May. It is intended to help answer one of the most pressing questions hanging over the American-led occupation: when the United States might be able to begin drawing down the estimated 140,000 forces in Iraq.
The White House and Pentagon are facing rising calls from Democrats and Republicans for a more detailed strategy in Iraq -- calls that grew louder yesterday.
''I am deeply disappointed that the administration failed to comply with this initial . . . deadline," Representative Martin T. Meehan, a Lowell Democrat and senior member of the Armed Services Committee, told Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld in a letter. ''It is long past due for the administration to provide Congress with meaningful information to evaluate our progress in Iraq
Man, do I feel sorry for those Generals. There they are fighting a WAR
So I guess it just makes sense to let the enemy know our projected strength levels,capabilities, tactical and strategic plans.
Now Dan, some may say, good people may have differing opinions on this War. You are impugning their Patriotism with your rancor.
Well they are either doing what they can to ensure we LOSE this War, or they are just plain stupid.
Which do YOU think it is?
Skinwalkers of Today or the Worshipers of Molech?
Topic: Islamic Jihad
My ancestry includes American Indian. The First Nations all have great reverence for the Dead and those who disturb sacred burial grounds and use the dead for their ends are an abomination.
In Iraq a suicide bomber tried to kill the mourning parents of all those children who died not long ago.
In London another bombing attack has occurred during the memorial service for 7/7
I have not decided whether these slime are Skinwalkers or Modern Day worshipers of Molech, those who sacrifice children to their God.
The have been there from the Dawn of Time it appears they have not changed, just assumed different disguises but their actions are the same.
Yes now that I think Skinwalkers are in the tradition of MY ancestors,
Molech is their past, present and future.Two Arrested in London Subway, Bus Blasts
LONDON - Small explosions struck the London Underground and a bus at midday Thursday in a chilling but bloodless replay of the suicide bombings that killed 56 people two weeks ago. Police made two arrests in the case.
No one was injured in the coordinated lunch-hour blasts, which shocked and disrupted the capital and were hauntingly similar to the July 7 bombings by four attackers.
Police Commissioner Ian Blair said forensic evidence collected from the crime scenes could provide a "significant break" in solving the case, and hours later police announced two arrests in connection with the latest attacks.
One man was arrested near Downing Street, site of the prime minister's residence, and the other near Tottenham Court Road, which is near the Warren Street subway station where one of the incidents took place. Police said the men were being questioned.
"Clearly, the intention must have been to kill," Blair told a news conference. "You don't do this with any other intention."
He also said it was not clear if the two sets of attacks were connected
Wednesday, 20 July 2005
Topic: Sci Fi
Just read this from Buster over at InmuscatineOne to Beam Up
Canadian-born actor James Doohan, 85, best known for his Star Trek role immortalized by the catch phrase "Beam me up, Scotty," died of complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease today at his home in Redmond, Wash., according to Reuters.
News.com News Blog | Star Trek's 'Scotty' dies at 85
There will forevermore be only one Scotty. He wasn't just an engineer in the Star Trek universe, he was the standard by which all others will be measured
Every one knows Scotty as one of the Heros of Star Trek,
but James Montgomery Doohan was not just a Star Trek Hero,
He was a REAL Hero!
"craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Forces".
At the outbreak of World War II, aged 19, Jimmy Doohan joined the Royal Canadian Artillery, and was eventually commissioned as a lieutenant. His first combat assignment was the invasion of Normandy at Juno Beach on D-Day. Shooting two snipers along the way, Doohan led his unit made its way to higher ground through a field of tank mines and took defensive positions for the night. Crossing between command posts at 11:30 that night, Doohan took six hits from a German machine gun: four in his leg, one in the chest, and one through his middle right finger. The chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case; the shot finger was amputated, and on screen he would generally conceal this. Despite his wounds, Doohan remained in the military, trained as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and flew an artillery observation plane, though he was once labeled the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Forces".
"it means something like true, pure, the actual"
Update Scotty will be going into Space, since our level of technology has not reached Beaming yet his ashes will be put into a rocket. His ashes are to be sent into space ? at his request ? by Houston company Space Services Inc. Space Services spokesperson Susan Schonfeld said Doohan's ashes would probably go up on a Titan 1 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in late September or early October
Veritas odium paret
Words Fly Written Stays
Topic: Out of Flyover Land
Words Fly but Written Stays.
That's the secret. It can be hidden, it can be ignored, it can never be mentioned, but it stays. You can find it if you look for it.
You turn on the television, President Bush is visiting Denmark, Words Fly, the anchors, the anti-war demonstrators, all the same voice, but there are other voices, you can find them if you look for them.
Danes waving American Flags and singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic. They can be ignored, never mentioned but Written Stays.Danish Pro-Americans via Instapundit
"Unbeknown st to most Americans, some Danes came out to show their support for George W. Bush last week on his stop in Denmark."Chrenkoff
Danish support for the war in Iraq has risen after the London attacks despite greater fear of terrorism on Danish soil.
An opinion poll conducted by Gallup on behalf of Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende shows that 75 percent of those questioned find it very or extremely likely that Denmark will be a target for fundamentalist Muslim terrorists in the near future. Before the attack on London, 50 percent of Danes said it was very unlikely.
Despite the greater fear of attack, more than 70 percent of Danes support the current military engagement in Iraq. Denmark, a long-time ally of the United States, has troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan and was mentioned as a possible target by a group claiming links to al-Qaida and the bombings in London.
You see crowds in the MidEast the shouts the raised fists the flags burning, Words Fly.
But Written Stays and it is out there.Reviled in many places around the world, Americans are adored in Kosovo
American flags flutter on peasants' homes. A couple grateful for U.S. help in ending Kosovo's war names a daughter in honor of Madeleine Albright.
Kosovo's president, Ibrahim Rugova, credits former President Reagan and the first President Bush for policies that Clinton followed to avert genocide in Kosovo and end the war. President George W. Bush, he says, showed his commitment to Kosovo by visiting U.S. troops shortly after his inauguration.
"We like Americans because they're freedom-loving people who are pragmatic and love to help," Rugova said in an interview. "There is a great respect for America -- for the ideal.
"We are small, but even small friends can be important.
Written Stays, LOOK for it.
You turn on the television, another suicide bombing killing young Iraqis standing in line to join the Police force. They bury their dead, they grieve and they STILL form lines to join the forces protecting their families from those who kill the innocent with no hesitation, no regret and with forethought.
You don't hear anyone on the Televison asking or answering the question, WHY? Profile: Iraq's Wolf Brigade
To its admirers, the Wolf Brigade is the elite commando unit spearheading the new Iraqi government's war on terror
Words Fly but Written Stays.
The Answers are out there. LOOK FOR THEM.
Many thanks to Buster Block for his warm welcome
back to the blog ecosystem ;-)
"Kentucky Dan is back from the dead"
Tuesday, 19 July 2005
Iran rejects reports on jailed dissident as "propaganda"
Tehran, Iran, Jul. 19 – Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel on Monday rejected “propagandist reports” on the failing conditions of Akbar Ganji, a dissident journalist currently on day 39 of a hunger strike hoping to gain his freedom from a six-year prison sentence which he is currently serving in Evin Prison.
Haddad Adel told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar in the Iranian capital that Ganji’s case was “unlikely to turn into a plight and reach the point that satellite networks and Mr. Bush are talking about”.
Last week, United States President George W. Bush called for Ganji’s unconditional release.
“The propaganda going on around [Ganji’s] conditions was far from reality”, Adel said, adding that the U.S. President ought to react instead to “crimes committed by American troops in Abu Ghraib prison as well as in Iraq and in Afghanistan”.
The remarks by the ultra-conservative Majlis Speaker, whose daughter is married to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s son, appeared to be part of the clerical authorities’ offensive to defuse growing concern over Ganji’s health.
The state-run news agency, ILNA, quoted the director of Milad Hospital in Tehran, where Ganji is currently receiving care, as saying that the journalist “began eating in hospital and his condition is by no means critical”.
The state-funded daily Quds reported today that Tehran’s Prosecutor-General Saeed Mortazavi had denied that Ganji was on hunger strike.
“Akbar Ganji is regularly consuming nutritious food and proteins, and according to the physicians, his general health is completely on form”, Mortazavi told the state-run Fars news agency.
“He will be returned to prison after the treatment”, he said.
“The actions of certain newspapers to create controversy over this case are for the purposes of putting pressure and part of a psychological warfare”, Mortazavi, who has been implicated in the prison murder of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi in July 2003, added.
Monday, 18 July 2005
They may have a point
They might even be correct, but in a manner that they do not even realise.
I got this exchange recently on an International
Discussion Board by an American of the Blue Flavour.
Quote: We are, in essense 'creating' a whole NEW generation of Muslims to HATE us, and that hate will spill over into our children's lives in ways we American's cannot image for now.
'Screw diplomacy' and bomb the crap out of the 'Muslims'! That's the mentality in the Capital now - is that what you want 'raining' down on your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews?
Here were my thoughts in responce.
There is a valid point in the above. But what is missed is that WE are not the ones coming into Iraq from outside and killing children on purpose and then trying to kill their grieving parents.
Yes there may be some who will hate us forever because we killed family or loved ones of theirs, there however are FAR MORE who will hate our common enemies forever for what THEY are doing!
I think an article on Chrenkoff's Blog illustrates this best.Overdosing on death
Buried right at the very bottom of a "New York Times" piece - if terrorists in Iraq were digging, they would have already emerged on the other side of the globe (link requires registration):
On Saturday, during a funeral for children who died in the bombing on Wednesday, a unit of the Iraqi police stopped a suspicious-looking man approaching the funeral procession and discovered that he was wearing a suicide vest filled with explosives and ball bearings, the American command reported Sunday.
An explosives team disarmed the man, a Libyan, and no one was hurt, according to the American military.
"The bomber was high on drugs and is being treated for the potential overdose," said Col. Joseph DiSalvo, an American commander. The bomber, he said, "came here to kill the grieving parents of the children who were killed on Wednesday."
"I cannot imagine a worse crime."
Really, it's all about the American occupation of Iraq, which has inflamed feelings in Iraq itself and across the Muslim world. Which is why foreign Sunnis are coming to Iraq to join an organization led by a Jordanian so they can blow up children, and then blow-up their parents, while drugged up to their eyeballs. Clear?
The headline writer at UPI hasn't got it quite right when he or she writes that "Shiite leader says bombings are civil war". Cleric and member of parliament Sheikh Jalal al-Din al-Saghir is saying that "what is truly happening, and what shall happen, is clear: a war against the (Shiites)." And it is a war alright, but not really a civil one, in that Shia are being targeted mostly by foreign jihadis, not Iraqi Sunnis.
You see, boys and girls, Al Qaeda doesn't like democracy, where majority elects their government, and they certainly don't like the Shia, who are heretics and apostates. But it's all America's fault.
Take a GOOD look at this photo.
Relatives of 9-year-old Ahmed wail over his
coffin after Wednesday's suicide car bombing.
THEN go drop Michael Moore a line, tell him how
you feel about his Minutemen.
Maybe that was not such a good idea?
Senior commander killed in Iran clashes Last Sunday, agents of the State Security Forces opened fire on Shovan Qaderi and two of his friends in the town of Mahabad. The security forces then tied Qaderi’s body to a Toyota jeep and dragged him in the streets, according to eye-witnesses.
Since then, several hundred people in Mahabad have been arrested during numerous hit-and-run clashes and house-to-house raids.
Tehran, Iran, Jul. 17 – A senior paramilitary police commander was killed last night in the course of clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces in Iran’s Kurdish town of Mahabad, the state-run television reported on Sunday.
“In the wake of the unrest of the past few days, last night one of the commanders of the State Security Forces was stabbed to death in the town by an assailant”, Iran’s Channel 2 TV station reported this evening.
The report added that the provincial security council met today to study ways of bringing the situation under control.
“Government offices, homes and cars have been damaged in the course of the incidents that have occurred in Mahabad in the past few days”, the television said.Labour discontent, protests spread across Iran
London, Jul. 18 – More than 50,000 workers took to the streets of cities across on Saturday to protest against the government’s labour policies.
The largest protest was in the western city of Ilam, where 17,000 workers took part in a rally.
At least 20,000 workers also rallied in two separate towns of Pakdasht and Varamin near Tehran.
Another 10,000 workers from the province of Golestan, northern Iran, 4,000 factory workers from the eastern province of Khorrasan Jonoubi, and at least 1,000 workers from Iran’s Pars Electric based in Tehran all went on strike.
Transportation facilities in the Iranian capital and the holy city of Qom, central Iran, also suffered a setback when employees joined fellow protesting workers.
Several thousand industrial workers from Bushehr, southwest Iran, Yazd, central Iran, and Shushahr, southern Iran also took part in the mass strikes.
Many protesters blamed the government for not ensuring that workers’ salaries were paid and for systematic deductions in insurance scheme benefitsQods Force commander slain in Iran capital
Tehran, Iran, Jul. 18 – A colonel in the elite Qods (Jerusalem) Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was killed in a fashionable neighbourhood of Tehran on Thursday, according to the state-sponsored website Baztab.
Colonel Morteza Moinfar was a commander in the Qods Force, the extraterritorial arm of the Revolutionary Guards whose stated mission is to “export the Islamic revolution” to other Muslim countries.
The Qods Force has been responsible for some of the biggest terrorist attacks sponsored by Iran in the Middle East, Europe, and South America, including the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 Americans.
The force has been the lead agency of the Iranian regime’s clandestine activities in Iraq and has a large network of operators and informants across the country.
Moinfar had been repeatedly stabbed, the report said. Authorities have launched a massive manhunt to find his killers.
Sunday, 17 July 2005
Here lies the problem with blogs in Iran and other places behind the Quran Curtain.A personal website,informs you of what's happening here in Tehran ,the capital of IRAN.This web log is updated weekly.I'm neither royalist nor .... . I just believe in freedom for my painful country
*** In the fight for Freedom,we need to be United.
Thursday, February 05, 2004
// posted by Shahyad @ 11:32 AM
// posted by Shahyad @ 11:32 AM
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Here I come again.
// posted by Shahyad @ 4:43 PM
Saturday, July 19, 2003
By the grace of god, I'm back again.(With so many unusual tricks and ......as you might know , I seemed to be hacked).
I'll pen down in the next few days.
// posted by Shahyad @ 10:01 PM
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Some facts about Iran
If you are living in a country out of Asia and middle east , you might find it necessary to know more about my country Iran.
My motherland Iran is a vast country located in the middle east ,surrounded by the Persian gulf in the south, Iraq and turkey in west, Afghanistan and Pakistan in the east and former soviet union republics (Actually Azerbijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan) in the north. Iran used to have a monarchy system before 1979, governed by the Shah, but after the 1979 revolution the system changed into an Islamic republic ruled by the great faghih ( Islamic scholar ).This country has sufferd many different problems since that time ,from which I can mention the 8 year war with Iraq in which the country was badly destroyed and unfortunately after the war this destruction continued due to the mismanagement of the rulers .
Since 1979 the country is considered as an Islamic country which means ALL the rules are passed in regarding Islamic laws.Therefore, so many social rights that are considerd as basic human righs are thought to be a great sin here.
At the top of the system is the great Faghih who is a shiaati muslim scholar and is not elected by the people ( believe it or not but he is said to be the representative of God on earth ). Then is the President who is chosen directly by the people through a general election, but this is not as easy as what you might think !! The candidates are chosen beforehand by a 12-membered council who are missioned by the leader ( the official name for Faghih).So as you see the whole power is in the hands of ONE person: The leader.
The country has a parliamentary system too, but none of the laws can be passed in without the supervision of the leader.
This is a brief description of the govenmental system of Iran ;I'll try to tell you more in my next writings.
// posted by Shahyad @ 3:11 PM
Wow it's difficult!!!!!!!!!!!!
Preparing a web log Is not as easy as you imagine, especially for such a person like me who is terribly busy these days .
By the way this is my hobby and I try to do my best.
// posted by Shahyad @ 3:06 PM
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
What will happen?
I really don't know how much you are interested in the news of my country Iran but I can say it for sure that we are passing a very seriously important time now.
Today , it's the 6th day of anti-governmental demonstrations in Theran and some other cities in Iran and over 250 people including university students & ordinary people are arrested up to now.
Only god knows what's going to happen in the next few days as we reach to the anniversary of "July 9th 1999 ", in which the Hizbullah gorillas attacked the university student's campus in Theran,but i'm sure about one thing: THERE IS GOING TO BE A GREAT CHANGE SOON OR LATE.
// posted by Shahyad @ 6:01 PM
Here I come.!!!
These are the first words I'm typing now in the web log i've ever had.
// posted by Shahyad @ 5:32 PM
Whoever Shahyad was they started this blog during a period of great unrest and disturbance, they started it for a reason and then it just ends.
Now some of us, get bored, don't have time to post come up with a myriad of reasons to leave the ole blog on the shelf gathering dust, but behind the Quran Curtain a silent blog can be because ofIran protestor dies in police detention - report
Tehran, Iran, Jul. 17 – An Iranian man arrested for taking part in an anti-government demonstration in Tehran on Tuesday died as he was trying to escape from his torturers at a police station, a government source in the Iranian capital told Iran Focus.
Ehsan Karavi was arrested during a protest by thousands of people in support of political prisoners outside Tehran University on Tuesday. Dozens of protesters, who called for the release of jailed journalist Akbar Ganji were arrested by the State Security Forces and undercover agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security.
Karavi was taken to Abbass-Abad police station, where police interrogators put a sack around his head, beat him with truncheons and administered electric shocks to him, according to the source, who requested anonymity.
Karavi used a pause in the interrogation and jumped from the second floor to escape, but he suffered from internal bleeding when he landed and died soon afterwards.
A police spokesman in Tehran, contacted by Iran Focus, said he was unaware of such an incident.
The death comes days after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed a hard-line Revolutionary Guards commander as the country’s new police chief.
On Saturday, Brigadier General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam told Iran’s policemen that they had to “deal decisively with those who seek to undermine the Islamic Republic’s security”, even if it meant “using bullets”.
Iranian journalists reported sighting Ahmadi Moghaddam last Tuesday outside Tehran University as he personally led the security forces’ harsh crackdown on demonstrators. Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad gets two-year prison sentence
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the fate of 25-year-old blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been sentenced to two years in prison by a Tehran revolutionary court for "insulting the Supreme Guide" and who is due to be tried soon on a separate charge of insulting the prophets, which carries a possible death penalty.
The press freedom organisation urged all bloggers to mobilise on behalf of the young blogger, who was arrested on 12 February.
"All blogosphere messages of solidarity are welcome," the organisation said. "We know that these message reach the prisoners and help put pressure on the Iranian authorities, especially in the run-up to the presidential election. It is vital for people to talk about Mojtaba."
Mojtaba's lawyer, Mohammad Saifzadeh, said the two-year sentence was handed down after a hearing on 23 May in which his client was not allowed to speak freely. To intimidate him, the authorities had him accompanied in court by the police officers who interrogated him in prison.
He will appear in court again on 22 June to be tried on a charge of "insulting the prophets and the holy imams."
This extremely serious accusation could result in his being found guilty of apostasy,
which carries the death penalty
under article 512 of the Islamic criminal code.
Various initiatives are under way on the Iranian Internet in support of Mojtaba. Internet users have dedicated a blog to him in both English (http://mojtaba-samienejad.blogspot.com) and in Farsi (http://en-mojtaba-samienejad.blogspot.com). Some 50 Iranian bloggers are openly backing him. The Penlog bloggers group has also firmly condemned his conviction (see http://penlog.blogspot.com/2005/06/blog-post_05.html).
The next time you hear someone spouting about the Facist States of America, think about what it is like to live under REAL oppression. Those bigmouth fools don't have the slightest clue.
Saturday, 16 July 2005
Iran: Clashes erupt in Mahabad, SSF vehicle set on fire
Mahabad, Iran, Jul. 16 – Unrest continued in the north-western town of Mahabad, Iranian Kurdistan province, last night, with clashes erupting between locals and State Security Forces, following a week of similar anti-government protests which flared up after news broke out of the brutal murder of a young Kurdish man by the SSF.
Yesterday evening, close to 1,000 people gathered in the main path leading to Independence Square and started to march forward. They were joined quickly by several thousand of the local population and together they started chanting anti-government slogans and burning tyres. As they crowded Independence square, chants of “Death to Khamenei” could be heard, referring to the clerical state’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Chants of “Shoan, we will continue your struggle” echoed in the square.
On Sunday, agents of the SSF opened fire on Shoan Qaderi and two of his friends in an avenue near Independence Square. The security forces then proceeded with tying Qaderi’s body to a Toyota jeep and while driving dragged him in streets, according to eye-witnesses.
Witnesses said that the act was carried out because Qaderi was active in anti-government protests and authorities wanted to intimidate the local population to prevent further demonstrations in the volatile city.
Minutes after Qaderi’s body was dragged throughout the town, several hundred angry residents gathered in nearby streets and started to chant anti-government slogans.
Last night’s demonstration was met with swift and fierce retribution by anti-riot forces already stationed there to prevent a re-emergence of dissent. The SSF fired live rounds and tear gas to disperse the crowd. Several protestors including a child were gravely wounded and were driven to a local hospital by fellow demonstrators. A number of SSF agents were also injured. At least a dozen people were detained and taken to unknown locations.
Gasoline was poured onto the ground and set alight at several locations surrounding the square to stop the sting of the tear gas.
As the violence escalated, protestors set an SSF vehicle and several nearby government buildings on fire. Clashes ensued until well after midnight.
Several hundred people have been arrested over the past week during numerous hit-and-run clashes and house-to-house raids.
Several other large anti-government demonstrations have rocked the town of Mahabad in recent month. 100 arrested, 60 buses damaged in Iran city protests
Tehran, Iran, Jul. 16 – At least 100 demonstrators were arrested and 60 buses damaged in clashes that erupted Saturday after a football match in Iran’s second largest city.
Security forces and young people clashed over a large area of the city of Mashad after a football match between Saba Battery and Abu-Moslem football clubs.
Clashes began as supporters of the Mashad-based Abu-Moslem booed the referee for what they said was an unfair penalty. As security forces moved in to put down the protest, protesters began throwing stones and using flagpoles to push back the truncheon-wielding policemen.
Skirmishes spilt out of the stadium and into the surrounding districts, as the protest took on a political hue with young people chanting, “guns, tanks and [the paramilitary] Bassijis are no longer effective”.
The clashes in Mashad mark the third large-scale confrontation between security forces and young people in Iranian cities in less than a week since the inauguration of a hard-line Revolutionary Guards commander as the chief of the police. Brigadier General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam vowed upon assuming responsibility for Iran’s law enforcement forces that he would crack down on all “enemies of the Islamic Republic”.
Football matches often provide an arena for Iran’s frustrated youth to vent their anger at the Islamic regime. At least seven people were killed in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium when clashes erupted after a World Cup qualifier between Iran and Japan. An inquiry into the deaths blamed the security forces.
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