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)
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.