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Biggest student gathering of recent months in Tehran

Asr Iran | Dec. 25, 2009

Students staged a protest Friday in Tehran upon the return of Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani from his tour of Egypt, state-affiliated news agencies reported.

According to one report, students from the universities of Tehran, Sharif, Khajeh Nasir, Imam Sadeq, Elm-o Sanat and Payam Nour gathered and chanted slogans such as "death to America," "death to Israel," "Khomeini you be our witness, we protested," "death to Americanized Islam," and "death to the compromiser."

This is while photos released of the gathering suggest that the organizers of the event did not participate in it themselves.

Meanwhile, members of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission had earlier said that Larijani's trip to Egypt was a decision made by the government.

It remains to be seen whether the organizers of the event will be prosecuted for arranging a gathering without a permit and for insulting the parliament speaker.

U.S.-funded radio reports protest in Tehran

Khabar Online | Dec. 25, 2009

The US-funded RFERL Farsi service Radio Farda reported that a memorial service held for Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri in Tehran's Toopkhaneh Square turned violent after security and plainclothes officers attacked mourners.

According to the Radio Farda report, bikers attacked mourners with batons and pepper spray and gradually surrounded the square.

No independent source has confirmed this report.

Rouydad News | Dec. 25, 2009

An informed source told Rouydad News that Iran's Intelligence Ministry, in cooperation with paramilitary groups affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, is planning to mount an operation called "Second Ashura" to attack opposition protesters during Ashura, Dec. 28.

The plan calls for these groups to infiltrate opposition crowds while posturing as fellow supporters.

IRGC blocks Ayatollah Montazeri website

Norooz | Dec. 25, 2009

Less than 24 hours after the burial of Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, his website was blocked by the cyber division of the IRGC.

According to JARAS, the website, which was blocked by the IRGC on Tuesday, contained a collection of Ayatollah Montazeri's books, statements, sermons and religious decrees.

Larijani to attend Ashura ceremonies in Qom

Asr Iran | Dec. 25, 2009

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani traveled to Qom to attend ceremonies for the holy day of Ashura in the city he represents in parliament.

According to ISNA, Larijani will attend ceremonies held by Ayatollahs Lotfollah Safi-Golpayegani, Nasser Makarem-Shirazi, Hossein Vahid-Khorasani, Hossein Nouri-Hamedani, Abdolkarim Mousavi Ardebili, and Seyyed Hassan Taheri Khoramabadi.

WSJ | Dec. 25, 2009

Iran said Turkey could be a venue for Tehran to exchange nuclear material with the West, the latest in several counteroffers by the Persian nation.

The counteroffers have frustrated U.S. demands that Iran directly accept a key U.N.-drafted deal. The deal aims to ease concerns Tehran could build a nuclear weapon by removing most of Iran's low-enriched uranium from the country.

Iran "does not have a problem with Turkish soil" as the location for an exchange of enriched uranium for nuclear fuel, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told state TV late Thursday.

In Turkey, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu welcomed the Iranian announcement and said his government is ready to do its best to help reach a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.

Iran: Bin Laden girl's identity uncomfirmed

Press TV | Dec. 25, 2009

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the woman said to be Osama Bin Laden's daughter can leave the country providing that her identity is confirmed.

Speaking to IRIB on Thursday, Mottaki answered questions about recent media reports that Osama Bin Laden's daughter was at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.

He said that the Iranian Foreign Ministry was earlier informed by the Saudi Embassy in Tehran that a woman that they claimed to be Osama Bin Laden's daughter was at the Embassy.

"A while ago, the Saudi Embassy said that one of Bin Laden's daughters was at the Embassy. [So] the Foreign Ministry told the Saudi Embassy that under [international] conventions, if her identity is confirmed the person could leave Iran with travel documents."

"Her identity has not been confirmed for us but the Saudi Embassy has admitted [that she is Bin Laden's daughter]," he added.

Press Roundup provides a selected summary of news from the Iranian press, and excerpts where the source is in English. The link to the news organization or blog is provided at the top of each item. Tehran Bureau has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Please refer to the Media Guide to help put the story in perspective.

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3 Comments

SL and Ahmedinejad certainly do not look like they are praying!

outsider / December 27, 2009 9:08 AM

He is praying for himself.

Faraz Amiralaei / December 28, 2009 11:06 AM

har 3 tashoun too ye mored beham shabih hastan , onam vahshatie ke to soorateshoun maloome , hata ahmadi nejad ba oon hame gostakhi kam ovorde .

azade / December 28, 2009 7:28 PM