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Tuesday, June 17, 2003


This is the story to watch. According to Neil MacFarquhar in the New York Times (reg req'd):

In Iran today, several hundred dissident intellectuals, including several clerics, issued a statement supporting the right of Iranians to criticize their government. Further, the statement denounced as "heresy" the possession of absolute power — a reference to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

We're not just talking a petition here. Students have been demonstrating for nearly a week, and the statement by the intellectuals — including several aides of President Khatami — may signal that the protests will spread beyond their student base. Flashes of 1989 in Tiananmen Square . . .

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 17 June 2003 at 8:46 AM

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