Khamenei gravely ill
Three days ago,
Iran’s dictator, Supreme Leader Ayatollah ali Khamenei,
was rushed to the vast medical facility traditionally known as “Vanak”
hospital (it now has an Arabic name that means “the 12th Imam
Hospital”), a 1,200-room facility that saves half of its beds for the
Khamenei is known to be suffering from cancer, and taking
considerable quantities of an opium-based pain killer. He has lost more
than 17 pounds in the past ten months, and was told last spring that he
was unlikely to see another New Year (In the Iranian calendar, the New
Year begins at the end of March).
Sad news like this would just break my heart, if I had one.
Meanwhile, Leeden reports that thousands of student demonstrators
chanting “Death to the dictators” have gathered at Tehran University,
despite brutally repressive measures by the regime. (Link to IranPressNews)
The received reports from other cities also indicates
that brave students in many other parts of Iran also took to
demonstrating and protesting against the Islamic Republic.
In the city of Kerman more than 500 students gathered; in
Shahr’eh-Kord more than 400 and cities such as Zahedan, Bandar-Abbass
hundreds of student held demonstrations. Also in Tabriz universities,
Zanján, Ghom, Karaj and Mazandaran similar demonstrations were held.
Students of Sahand University in Tabriz chanted slogans such as
“Student prisoners must be freed” and “If I rise and you rise, everyone
will rise”. The student anthem Yaar’eh Dabestani was sung at every
campus by all student protestors.