18 Tir, Student New Struggle in Iran
18 Tir or July 9, 1999, a semi-official body of the Islamic regime’s militias (plain-clothes Basiji) attacked peaceful demonstrations organised by students in Tehran and Tabriz. They were protesting the strain imposed on media, particularly the closure of Salam, a newspaper close to a reformist faction of the regime. Student dormitories were occupied and students were beaten up and some of them thrown out of windows. A student was killed and a number injured, what turned into a nationwide- six- day demonstrations in which at least three more people were killed and more than 200 injured.
No need to mention, aside from the notorious security forces and plainclothes, and police force; plainclothes men belonging to controlled pressure groups and special units of the Intelligence Ministry are mostly placed on campus to attack students.
This year, the commemoration coincides with the beginning of a revolutionary atmosphere which started in and out of Iran after the controversial election of 2009. This simple election became an occasion of a long-oppressed people to raise their fists against the plague of the IRI. The popular movement now turns to be a freedom movement with a grandiose perspective to free Iran from the bloody clutches of the whole Islamic regime.
Despite all dreadful risk, people in Iran have the audacity to cry out radical slogans as “Marg Bar Diktator!” (Death to the dictator!), these slogans explicitly target Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the regime. Through such slogans, people’s political behaviour show clear signals of challenging the whole Islamic regime under any colour and shape. Under such circumstances, it is a national duty of all Iranians abroad to reflect the freedom desire of an increasing majority of Iranians in their struggles against the rapist and criminal plague of the Islamic regime in Iran.
The day marks the beginning of the peaceful struggle of students for democracy endured much grief in the following years with imprisonment, torture, rape, humiliation, and the inability to continue their education or work. Now, fourteen years after 18 Tir and four years after the revived uprising of the people of Iran, a steady increasing majority of people insist on their demands for the end of the plague of the Islamic regime in Iran.
Let us once more, we all freedom-loving Iranians abroad, along with the brave people inside of Iran, massively commemorate the 18-Tir by demonstrating and speaking up for the legitimate right of our oppressed people in Iran to become free from the leftovers of the Muslim horde who once occupied Iran in 7th century. Today millions of people in Syria, Turkey, and North Africa stand up, say no to their dictatorial regimes and political Islam and are ready to die for their legitimate rights.
No need to mention, we have to denounce all tricks of the occupying regime that cooks any false opposition to confuse and disperse our people. The most people of Iran, including a quasi majority of students, desire to have an “Iranian republic” with secular and democratic nature. They share the idea that all factions of the regime belong to the same anti-Iranian regime. For example, the raid which happened under President Khatami in 18 Tir 1999 showed compromises among various factions of the regime to curb any protest action.
The cries of students, with the bloodshed of July 9, 1999 (18 Tir), gave new momentum to Iran’s freedom movement, followed by fourteen years of struggle for civil, social, women’s rights, and social justice which obviously can be realised after the end of the Islamic regime entirely.