Ahmadinejad Khamenei Protest In Iran

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On the days of the 8th and 9th of July in 1999, a simple protest by students in Tehran, Iran brought to be by shifts in government and the shut down a reformist newspaper company became a violent battle between the government and students which continues to resonant in history today.
In the political fight, former presidents, Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani fight for reforms and support while the new president. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and his mentor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran. Khatami and Rafsanjani support the students and join them in the fight for democracy and reforms. Ahmadinejad and Khamenei are the conservative spectrum of government. The student protest occurred during the term of Khatami also
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In opposing views, Khamenei orders increases security to stop any plans of producing change with “his regime” (Maloney). Khamenei wants a homogenous society and economy all in his favor to prolong his power and influence in Iran.
Protest by civilians and rebels are common in Iran. Protests about religion and politics are the norm in Iran where physical conflicts will the effect of these protests. This instance is different from the protests and the Iranian Revolution before. The government authorities have made efforts to shut down media in Iran. There is set policy put into motion on July 7th, 1999 of keeping out journalists from foreign countries, so the “communication is barred” (“Student”). In retaliation of this policy, students
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There are reports of students and leaders of organization, who support the reforms, are missing and some are reportedly last seen being detained by Iranian police under Ahmadinejad. Even though to the outside world, it seems all is well in Iran, there are “riot police and Islamic militias armed with tear gas and batons clash with the demonstrators in the area of Tehran University campus” weeks after the Eighteenth of Tir incident. Clashes and violent demonstrations predominantly happen in Vali-ye-Asr Square. The “tug of war” between the students and government are even more frequent (Sahimi). The July 9th incident acted as a spark to ignite more frequent and violent fights in sociopolitical spectrum of Iran. Reform policies and a crackdown on reformist followed after the riot. A new law was passed with “any violent or peaceful act by a person or group against the regime” which included speech and criticism about the dictatorship of Iran (“Students”). Because of the huge significance of the Iranian Student Protest of July 9th, 1999, anniversaries are held every around the world to support the reforms in Iran. Due to the law against media, the students and reformist in Iran have no voice, therefore the supporters outside of Iran are their voice. The fight
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