December 7th marks the National Student Day in Iran. The student movement is a power to be reckoned with and has been for many years. Students in Iran have been actively and consistently working against the Islamic Regime for many years.

We all remember the pro-democracy student demonstrations in July of 1999, as well as numerous anti Regime protests and demonstrations we have witnessed in the past 10 years. Since the elections students have once again been very active and very involved in asking for a secular/ non religious, free and democratic government. As a result the number of arrests and imprisonment of students has increased in the past few months.

Iranian students have marked the National Student Day with protests and demonstrations every year to show their opposition against the Regime. This year will not be any different.

As the Student Day approaches numerous different groups and organizations including many student organizations have organized protests and gatherings in solidarity with the Iranian students.

A protest was organized today (December 5th) by the students of University of Toronto in front of the Hart House building. This event was extensively advertised on Facebook, which gave me the opportunity to write to the organizers on their discussion board, and openly ask whether this was a Anti-Regime or a pro-reform or another kind of gathering. The answer I received from one of the organizers was that this was NOT an Anti-Regime event and that it was organized in support of the students in Iran.

I truly want to believe that some or most of these students had the best of intentions, however they were either grossly misinformed or are being taken advantage of by Islamic Regime Agents who are amongst them.

The students in Iran are not protesting in a vacuum, and for no particular goal. They are protesting against tyranny and for a secular and democratic Iran. Things that will clearly not be possible until the Islamic Regime in it's entirety is removed from power.

It is difficult to understand how anyone can claim to support the Iranian Students ( who are risking their education, their freedom and ultimately their lives to fight against the Regime) and yet organize an event that is NOT anti-Regime.

If an event is not Anti-Regime then what can it be? Pro Regime? There doesn't seem to be a middle ground. If one is not part of the solution one is part of the problem, as it has happened in the case of these students.

The irony is in the fact that students in Iran cannot fathom how anyone can live in a free country such as Canada and not be openly against the Islamic Regime. However we must keep in mind the fact that many of the Iranian students in Canadian Universities are bursary students, and the Islamic Regime funds their education. This of course does not come easily as the Regime will not give a bursary to anyone until they do extensive research on their backgrounds to make sure they are loyal to the Regime! This explains at least in part why these students would not want to organize anti-Regime demonstrations. Another explanation is the fact that many students have no problem with the Regime, are not politically active and want to be able to go to Iran for their summer vacations, therefore they would never risk that by organizing anything that may even be perceived as anti-Regime. This leaves the other group who probably have the best of intentions and who really want to help and support the students in Iran but are misinformed about what the student movement in Iran wants and what the students are fighting for.

Perhaps these students should first focus on doing some research and speaking to some of the students inside the country and informing themselves about what the students in Iran want, before organizing demonstrations which clearly and openly are NOT against the Regime, to supposedly support students in Iran.

It's interesting that students at Waterloo University have gone even a step further by stating in their advertisement in Facebook that "The Police would not allow for anyone to bring flags to the demonstrations!" It seems that these students do not realize that we live in Canada, where people are entitled to freedom of speech and expression, rights that are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The police are not allowed to take these rights away from the people. Now if the organizers themselves have asked the police to not allow for flags, in fear of having any Lion and Sun flags present, that is a different story.

These very students have promised to provide protesters with green bracelets to wear during the protest. it is very clear that these students have no respect for people's freedom of expression and they have done everything in their power to make sure their demonstration is a pro-reform, pro-Regime event, and not surprisingly they've threatened people with police and arrests to make sure things go exactly as they have planned.

According to a famous saying "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions." It seems as though students in Toronto and Waterloo at best lack clear perspective and knowledge about the student movement in Iran, what it stands for and what it seeks to achieve. Perhaps they will be in a better position to help their compatriots in Iran (if that is in fact their goal) once they realize the goals of the student movement in Iran. Otherwise they only open themselves up for criticism and harm, instead of hurting the very same people and the movement they are trying to support.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran

7 Comments:

  1. Anonymous said...
    Contrary to what the author of this article said unaware of Iranian students and their goals are those who have been away from Iran for tens of years, and their resource of research and speaking is flag seller "Shahram Homayun" or "Balatarin".
    Many of the organizers of this event Including myself have been in Iran after election and been beaten by Iranian Government. But what really is beating us is not the unaware soldiers who are getting the money to do that. It's indeed unawareness, Nondemocratic conducts and not tolerating the opposition which is beating students in Iran and "free Canada".
    I hope you too not involve in beating students with your biased Ideas and abstractism.
    Thanks anyway for reporting the event,
    Tayaz
    Shiro_Khorshid said...
    Tayaz Jan,
    thanks for your comment, which confirms what I wrote, that a lot of you guys are either bursary students, or people that go to Iran during the summer vacations and therefore cannot oppose the Regime.

    I certainly dealt with my share of bursary students and basijis while I was in university (Carleton/Ottawa) and it certainly wasn't pleasent.

    A note on people who live outside of Iran, as you are aware one cannot openly oppose the Regime and go to Iran at the same time, unless they accept to write a "tobeh nameh" a lot of young Iranians have sacrificed their chances of ever going back to Iran by deciding to stand up against the Regime.

    shotor savari dola dola nemishe, you can't go to Iran and be anti regime at the same time.

    Best
    Sayeh
    pourial said...
    "shotor savari dola dola nemishe, you can't go to Iran and be anti regime at the same time."

    By that same logic, one can't really live in Iran and be anti-regime therefore everyone living there supports the regime.

    Also, if you're going to post a link to your website on the FB page of the event, at least have the guts to let people make comments on what you've written.
    Shiro_Khorshid said...
    I've posted your comment so I am not sure what you are talking about. You really thinks if I was afraid of anyone I would write my articles with my real name, unlike so many of you ananymous people??
    student said...
    "Islamic Regime Agents who are amongst them...bursary students...many students have no problem with the Regime, are not politically active and want to be able to go to Iran for their summer vacations"

    you know what sayeh jan...I would love to know where you get your information from!? please share your extensive research on us so called bursary students working on behalf of Islamic regime agents and love to go to Iran for our summer vacations!!!!! it seems with your extensive research that you ought to have at least a few names!!!

    And if getting beat down by batons while enjoying tear gas is your idea of a perfect summer vacation, than i think i can speak on behalf of many students i know, that yes we all had wondrous time vacationing in streets of Tehran... may be you ought to join us this summer... i hear its wonderful!!!

    Sayeh jan, Im sure it wasnt all that pleasant for the basijis and bursary students who had to deal with you either!!! which is kinda sad... since i dont think you are much different than they are... your just at the other end of the spectrum!!!
    Shiro_Khorshid said...
    First, thanks for confirming what I've said in my article that you are mostly bursary students.

    Second I find it very difficult to believe that a person that is too afraid to use his/her real name when writing a simple internet comment was on the streets of Tehran protesting.

    Third, I think the issue of bursary students, who are ultimately extrimist Islamic Regime supporters coming to Canada is no longer just an Iranian issue, its a Canadian issue, and we all have cause for concern. This is something Canadians need to be aware of and think about when they vote for their government, to make sure their government does not allow for the import of these Islamist extrimist who might not be here just for the sake of studying.
    Banoufilm said...
    Sayeh,

    All Power to you dear.

    You said it All;

    There is No difference between those who support Murderous Rafsanjani/Mosavi Green Mafia with those Basiji Who support Ahmadinejad/Khamenehi gang.

    They all the same Doing Their best to SAVE the Criminal Islamic Regime for few more years by using our passionate young women and men for their dirty power game as Khatmi did 12 years ago and then let them to be killed in 18 Tir just a year after he had their Vote....

    But I am pleased to see that most people don't want to play the "Extra" (Syahi Lashkr) roles in this nasty Power game among regime insiders; only by looking at their pics it is obvious that Not many students attended their protest yesterday beside few green student Mosavi supporters and few known Pro Reform Iranians in Toronto such as Reza Brahani....

    "Down with Islamic Regime of Iran and all its supporters anywhere in this planet"

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