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IRAN - Forbidden Iran, January 2004


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Protestors demonstrate against the religious government

Protestors demonstrate against the religious government of Iran for Student Day 2003. The annual gathering marks the death of three Iranian students in 1953, during then-Vice President Richard Nixon's visit to Iran. Widespread resentment in Iran has given birth to a growing popular dissident movement. (AP/ Wide World Photos)
Introduction

Twenty-five years of Islamic theocracy have left increasing numbers of Iranians starving for change. Ordinary citizens are taking to the streets, demanding democracy and secular government in place of the rule of religious law. The future of Iran now hangs in the balance, as a burgeoning opposition movement confronts the fundamentalist clerical regime.

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David Montero is a freelance journalist based in Oakland, CA.

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