May 10th, 2010
06:37 PM ET

Protest at Tehran university after Ahmadinejad visit

Protests broke out Monday at a university in Tehran, Iran, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a visit for an awards ceremony.

Members of the Islamic republic's opposition movement chanted anti-government slogans aimed at Ahmadinejad's hard-line regime outside Shahid Beheshti University in northern Tehran.

Video showed minor skirmishes breaking out between protesters and security, but no major clashes were evident.

The protests come a day after state media reported that five people, convicted of "anti-revolutionary" activities, were executed over the weekend.

Among the slogans chanted at Monday's protest, demonstrators yelled, "You are sucking the blood from our country."

The opposition movement gained momentum last summer following the disputed presidential election in which Ahmadinejad decisively defeated opposition candidates Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karrubi. The two opposition leaders accused the government of stealing the elections.

Moussavi and Karrubi have called for more demonstrations on June 12, the first anniversary of the disputed election.

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  1. PeteH

    Robin Walker- You claim,"I know Iran has a mad president but practically what he has done to US? Nothing." Well considering that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has supplied IED's throughout Iraq which have killed hundreds of US military personell and they are certainly under the thumb of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, I'd say he has done plenty. Not to mention the fact that he calls the West fools for believing in the holocaust which by the way his own people assisted the Nazis in prior to and during WWII in the deporting of Jews from the Middle East to Nazi Germany in cooperation with the Nazis, Personally I think he deserves a 50 caliber haircut cut low and tight between his ears. Aside from those factors...Hmmm?

    May 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ali

    This is a respond to "Rob C" who called Iranian people cowered. You sir are an ignorant and disgrace to any free society, to call brave Iranian people who stood in front of bolts empty handed and still are being captured and killed in Iranian prisons.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kevin

    Why does any american or Iranian think the free world should help Iranians gain there freedom when the countries that are free had to do it themselves? Thats the whole point so you can write and sing patriotic songs or write plays on the REVOLUTION. Iranians are the only ones who can sacrifice so they can hold there heads up high and say "we did this."

    May 12, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. dave delan

    next to Israel, Iran is the most democratic country in the middle east. If we want a free and democratic middle east, we should start from Saudi Arabia where women don't even the very basic right, like driving.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Amir

    To Comment #3. Iranians cowards? They were able to overthrow the Shah, faced chemical weopons of Saddam and have never been colonized by another nation. It is not the cowardice of the people that keeps dictatorships in power.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    I will only say this once, please shut up with ' it's about oil " I'm so sick & tired of hearing a few sporadic idiots still using that pathetic line no matter what goes on in that part of the world. Grow the heck up will you ? You think that you might be able to come up with something legitimate for once instead of the oil comment ? I doubt you can because it's like your adult version of a binky you had when you were a baby. Bunch of idiots !

    May 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Man

    Go Lakers!

    May 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Seth Speigel

    To the commenter who said that all Jews want a war with Iran...they are wrong. This Jew wants the Iranian people to take their government back into their hands. War with Iran would destroy the opposition movement and keep the extremists that support hezbollah in power. A new Iran, a democratic Iran, would be a great stabilization force in the region. Not through war, the way Reagan did it with Poland, diplomacy. The countries of the world must band united and pin the ayatollah diplomatically while the people take it back. This new Iran would have no ties to hezbollah, no nuclear weapons(nuclear power only), peace with Israel, mediation between all mideast states, ONE THING WON'T CHANGE THE PERSIAN PEOPLE WILL NEVER HAND THEIR NATURAL RESOURCES OVER TO ANY FOREIGN POWER.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
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