Monday, June 28, 2010

Students' protest in Iran, eleven MPs resign

Photo courtesy of Jahan News

Mr Ahmadinejad doesn't seem to find peace in this mandate. The latest protest has come from Tehran's students, and caused the resignation of eleven MPs, nonetheless.

What was the reason of this new disorder involving Azad University pupils? And who were protesting against exactly?

The Iranian Parliament has recently passed a bill to donate one of Azad University's properties worth $200 billion for public purposes. So far so good. However, what caused students' uprising and eleven MPs to resign was the almost imperceptible point that allowed the head of the university, Mr Jasbi, to make it a lifetime stint.

For as small as this article was, it didn't remain overlooked to the attentive eyes of Azad's students who started a protest aimed at making the Parliament cancel the whole bill.

Azad is a private university funded almost entirely by students' fees, and it's under Rafsanjani's rule. One of the university's directors, Mr Jasbi indeed, is one of the closest Rafsanjani's allies, and students are having the impression that the Rafsanjani's clan somehow feels like they own the university itself.

Mr Jasbi, apparently famous for financial corruption, has allegedly funded the Mousavi's campaign of the last presidential elections thanks to the students' fees. The fact that Mousavi's wife has achieved her PhD in political sciences without admission exam, doesn't make things better for the "green" party in the public mind.

In a sudden move, Ahmadinejad-led government has changed the head of the university chain, sparking protests within the Parliament, due to the Parliament's ties with Mr Rafsanjani (the head of the Parliament's Committee for Education is Mr Jasbi's brother in law, and eleven MPs resigned to protest against his abuse of power in favour of Mr Jasbi), and because, by changing the director, all university benefits, ranging from real estate properties to students' fees, would be cut off.

Students have strongly protested against the bill so that the Parliament was forced to cancel it. Although it's out of doubt that the Iranian Parliament needs to address some serious corruption issues, it's good to see the students managed to make their voice heard.

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