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#16Azar: Another Iranian crackdown on student protesters

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By Michelle Malkin  •  December 7, 2009 02:47 AM

Here we go again.

The Iranian mullahcracy has reportedly attempted to choke off the Internet and reportedlysurrounded Tehran University to stifle anti-Ahmadenijad student protesters today:

The measures were aimed at depriving the opposition of its key means of mobilizing the masses as Iran’s clerical rulers keep a tight lid on dissent. Government opponents are seeking, nonetheless, to get large numbers of demonstrators to turn out Monday and show their movement still has momentum.

Why today? In brief:

Students Day observes the 1953 killing of three students by the shah’s forces, just months after popular Iranian premier Mohammad Mossadeq was toppled with US backing.

The event this year is expected to be used by supporters of Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi to stage demonstrations against Ahmadinejad.

Opposition groups reject Ahmadinejad’s re-election in the June 12 poll, saying it was massively rigged to ensure his return.

Iranian authorities have banned the foreign media from covering the expected protests on Monday and also reportedly cut Internet access in central Tehran.

Once again, Twitter is a vital means of Iranian protesters’ communications with each other and to the world. #iranelections is trending again.

Another key Twitter hashtag of the day: #16Azar. That’s the address of the entrance to Tehran University.

Here’s a link to four liveblogging protest sources.

A CNN staffer in Iran tweets about reports of a three-day ban on foreign journalists. And this:

CNN Sources 1030am Iran time: Heavy police presence in front of Tehran University. No sign of any demonstrations at this point #iranelection

Well, that would be because the protest organizers are spreading word on Twitter that the protests won’t kick off until 3pm Tehran time.

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