Sending A Message To The Ayatullahs

Iran's youth have been reared with piety and punishments. They've had enough

Students at the University of Tehran usually devote their time to engineering, theology or foreign languages and escape their books by picnicking in the nearby Alborz Mountains. Last Tuesday evening, they poured out of their four-story dorms in a hilly section of central Tehran for another purpose altogether: to vent their anger at the theocrats running their country. They fought with police and progovernment thugs and chanted slogans against just about all of Iran's leaders. Soon they were joined by like-minded nonstudents. The protest wound down at about 1 in the morning--but the next evening, even more demonstrators gathered, some 3,000....

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