Wednesday, January 30, 2008

You know what you've just done, don't you?

January 30, 1972. Ivan Cooper, MP, march organizer: "I just want to say this to the British Government... You know what you've just done, don't you? You've destroyed the civil rights movement, and you've given the IRA the biggest victory it will ever have. All over this city tonight, young men... boys will be joining the IRA. and you will reap a whirlwind."

The dead: Paddy Doherty, 31. Gerald Donaghy, 17. Jackie Duddy, 17. Hugh Gilmour, 17. Michael Kelly, 17. Michael McDaid, 20. Kevin McElhinney, 17. Barney McGuigan, 41. Gerald McKinney, 35. Willie McKinney, 26. William Nash, 19. Jim Wray, 22. John Young, 17.

Around the world, the struggle for civil rights continues. Internment without trial persists. My friend Arash asks that today we should remember the student activists imprisoned in Iran over the past few weeks. Here are a few of them:

Arash Paknejad (m), Mozandaran University; Saeid Habibi (m), as member of student’s human rights reporters; Anoshe Azadbar (f), Tehran University; Elinaz Jamshidi (f), Azad University of central Tehran student of communication; Mehdi Gerilo (m), Tehran geophysics center; Nader Ahseni (m), Mazandaran University; Behroz karimizade (m), Tehran University; Nasim Soltan-beigi (f), Alame Communication University; Ali Sa`lem (m), Polytechnic University, student of Master degree in polymer; Mohsen Qanim (m), Polytechnic University; Rozbeh Saf-Shekan (m), Tehran University; Yaser (Sadra) Pirhaiaty (m), Shahed University; Saeid Aqam-Ali (m), Yazd University; Ali Kolaee` (m), Azad University of Shahriar City; Amir Mehrzad (m), (high School Student); Hadi Salary (m), Rajaey University; Farshid Ahangaran(m), Rajaey University; Amir Aqai (m), Rajaey University; Milad Omrani (m), Rajaey University; Keivan Amir Eliasy (m), Master of industrial engineer; Soroush Hashem-poor (m), Ahvaz University; Farshad Doosti-poor (m); Sohrab Karimi (m); Javad Alizade (m); Mohammad Salleh Auman (m); Mehdi al-lahyari (m), Sharif industrial University, student of master degree; Rozbehan Amiri (m), Tehran University, Student of computer sciences; Bahram Shojaee (m), Tehran-south Azad University, Student of Chemistry engineer; Saied Aqakhani (m) ;Majid Ashraf Nejad (m); Peiman Piran (m), by other student report about him; Aabed Tavanche (m), Polytechnic University; Soroosh Dastestany (m); Amin Qazaei (m); Bijan Sabaq (m), Mazandaran University; Anahita hosini (f), Tehran University; Morteza Khedmatlo (m); Mohamad Pour Abdol-lah (m), Tehran University; Bita Samimi-zad (f), Polytechnic University; Behzad Baqery (m), Mazandaran University; Soroosh Sabet (m), Sharif University; Morteza Eslahchi (m), Allame University; Mostafa Shirvani (m).

“There is no doubt winter will have an end, And the post of spring will come to our land."


Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

Thanks for bringing this to our attention Terry. When I was in school, activism was all about acting up on pub night.

5:04 PM  
Blogger dirk buchholz said...

You seemed to have overlooked the Palestinian freedom fighters

2:19 AM  
Blogger Transmontanus said...

Dirk: This was a post about the ongoing international struggle for civil rights, with specific reference to two related events for which January 30 is especially relevant. If I were to have included reference to the civil rights of Palestinians, you can be sure I would not have overlooked the fact that the among the worst enemies of Palestinian civil rights are those who claim the mantle of "Palestinian freedom fighter."

10:10 AM  

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