Sunday, August 05, 2007

August the 5th: Day of Support for Jailed Iranian Students

From the website of, blogging friend, Incognito, encourages everyone wishing to support blogging freedom in Iran to check out a movement generated by a group of Iranian bloggers. The goal is to publicize the plight of jailed students in Iran. The action today was begun by Arash Kamangir, an Iranian student in Canada.

"August 5th, 2007 is the 101st anniversary of the Iranian constitutional revolution. But Iranian people still struggle for democracy and student activists are still sent to jails. Several student activists spend this year's anniversary in jails. In support and memory of our fellow activists, who some of them are bloggers as well, a group of Iranian bloggers will change their blog title on August the 5th to "August the 5th: The day of support for jailed Iranian students." We invite you, even as a non-Iranian blogger, to participate in this cause."

Human Rights Watch claims the students have been tortured and abused. There is also the charge that the students have been forced to confess to trumped up charges. Some claim to have been targeted for participating in the student protests against Ahmadinejad.

It seems to me that when those inclined to bellow that we Americans are losing our 'rights' and freedoms at the hands of this current U.S. administration, though there is no evidence of any such claims from any legal challenges, would be wise to look at countries truly taking away personal freedoms from its citizens.

Here's a little nugget of info about authorities in South Carolina thwarting a possible terrorist attack: yesterday in Berkeley County a van with Florida tags was stopped by police on a routine traffic stop. This happened near Goose Creek, north of Charleston. Goose Creek is the home of the naval Weapons Station and the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig, a military prison holding enemy combatants. The van was driven by two men of Middle Eastern descent. Explosives were found in the van. The highway, Highway 1-76 was closed for more than 5 hours. Early this morning, as we all slept, technicians exploded an item. The men were detained pending a charge of unlawful possession of an explosive device.

Middle Eastern men in a van with an explosive device, heading towards the Weapons Station and Brig? Let's see how well this is publicized. Let's see how long it takes CAIR and their supporters to scream discrimination.


Frasypoo said...

Regarding the last bit
Its horrible...the worst part is that they will acually come up with some story about how the arresting officers treated them badly!Maybe their coffee was not the right temp!

Debbie said...

I feel so sorry for the young Iranians who do want peaced, freedom and democracy. No light on the horizon for them.

Layla said...

Iran is a horrible place where the people have no freedoms, as in most Muslim run states. It is a frightening situation. I pray for the people that want peace and cannot speak out for peace and freedom for fear of their own or a family members death.

Beverly said...

We are so blessed with the freedoms that we have. God bless those dear people who are suffering because they dare speak their minds.

Paul is a Hermit said...

Everyone knows the Iranian regime is abusing and torturing their citizens. Everyone knows they are developing nuclear weapons. They export terror and supply and train men to kill our troops, on and on and on and the world, in the shape of The One and Only United Nations will not do a thing about them except talk and talk, waiting for Superman to appear. When he does; when he has to, they will not even hold a bake sale, a blood drive to help him.

Incognito said...

Thanks for blogging on this Karen.. we need to do all we can.

Haven't had time to catch up till today.. see if I had I would have read about the Florida kids!