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The Iranian People Demand Freedom And Honesty

Estimates range from a few hundred thousand to nearly a million who clustered in the streets of Tehran to demand a free election and an end to tyranny. Even as young people shouted anger toward President Ahmadinejad who has stolen their votes and an election, his henchmen were storming into universities and beating up students. There are also reports that several students have been killed by the thugs who used fists and batons to spread the word of freedom. “Mousavi, we support you! We will die but regain our votes” came from thousands of voices, but in vain. Although, the Supreme Leader Khamenei ordered a group of clerics to examine election results there is scant hope they will do anything other than to uphold the theft by Ahamadinejad.

There are many clerics who seek to recast the revolution in a manner that will restore freedom to the people and allow a president who seeks to make Iran a successful economic nation as well as respected in the world. However, hard line clerics are banding together with military leaders to impose their strict views upon youth who hunger for a more open access to the world.

There are reports of dozens of students and other demonstrators who are in jail. The prospect is dim for the future of Iran.

Thai Students Protest, Thai Students Caned!

A teacher at a school in Bangkok has been accused of caning eight students, including a girl who was allegedly struck 18 times. Students had skipped class in order to participate in demonstrations against a proposal which would have relocated their school in order to make way for a new parliamentary site. The teacher, Ms. Suwattana, was accused by parents of employing excessive violence against students who were not engaged in any personal activities, but attempting to do something they believed was important to their school. More than 500 students joined in the demonstrations. Actually, on the day of the protest the school suspended classes because so many students were absent.

The girl who was struck 18 times said it was in full view of her classmates but the other truants only received a few blows. Parents insist the school take disciplinary action against the teacher. The Office of the Basic Education Commission said regulations do not permit corporal punishment os students. Teachers are expected to use verbal reasoning with students in dealing with disciplinary issues.

A wise teacher who endeavored to stimulate critical thinking might have used the protest as part of a lesson on how individuals deal with conflict.