4 November 2009

The Green Student Day

In one of the biggest street demonstrations, since mid-September, tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Tehran on the 13th of Aban, a national holiday in Iran which commemorates the students’ takeover of the American Embassy and the ensuing Iranian Hostage Crisis. Basij forces attacked protesters with clubs and tear gas. Unconfirmed reports stated that the Basij also fired live bullets. Protests also took place in Shiraz, Isfahan, Tabriz, Qazvin, Mashad, and Rasht. The Reformist candidate Mousavi was banned from leaving his home; however, Karroubi, another reformist candidate, briefly joined the protests at Haft-e Tir Square, according to the reformist website Mowjcamp, but he was forced to flee when he was roughed up by "agitators". Several people were hospitalized due to injuries inflicted upon them by the Basij at the event and 109 people were arrested according to Iranian authorities.

During the government’s ceremony, government supporters set fire to US flags to commemorate the 1979 embassy takeover. The ceremony was televised and, despite Iranian government authorities encouraging people to chant "Death to America," protesters instead chanted "Death to the Dictator".

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