Iranian students have staged a rare demonstration against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, setting off firecrackers and burning pictures of him as he delivered a speech (Monday) at Tehran university, reports said.I'm waiting for the state-run news agency to inform us that the burned pictures were actually of Ahmadinejad's cousin, Ali, who just so happens to look exactly like the president.
Iran's semi-official FARS news agency and a student news Web site reported that a group of students Monday briefly interrupted Ahmadinejad's speech at Amir Kabir University by booing and chanting "Death to the dictator."
A student who attended the speech but did not want to be named confirmed those reports to CNN.
But Iran's official state-run news agency, IRNA, said the students "expressed their views in a cordial atmosphere," and chanted "Down with dictators," which was met with agreement by Ahmadinejad, who denounced the "dictatorships" in the United States and Britain.
A spokesman for Ahmadinejad's office downplayed the incident, saying that the students burned some papers but it was not clear if they were pictures of the president, as others reported.
Monday, December 11, 2006
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