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Iran views: Anger remains

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Video sent to BBC Persian shows protests at a mosque in Tehran on 28 June

Two young Iranians share their feelings with BBC News on what is happening in their country, with government forces coming down hard on protestors disputing the results from the presidential election earlier this month.

BEHROOZ, STUDENT, TEHRAN, via email

I am an engineering student, and an English teacher and I play drums in a rock band.

I demonstrated after the election results - I voted for Mr Karoubi - but then it got too dangerous. Ordinary people don't go to the protests now because of the fear of being killed.

In fact, street demonstrations don't take place anymore, apart from ones organised by Mr Moosavi and Mr Karoubi, like Sunday's gathering in Ghoba Mosque.

One of my brother's colleagues has been missing since 19 June and his family have no idea where he is.

A friend was beaten on Haft-e-Tir Square with electric batons, which have left circle shaped burns on his arm and his body

I also heard that one of my friends has ended up in Evin Jail. I have three other friends who are missing, but I know nothing about them.

I would appreciate you not calling me, because we think that calls made from foreign countries are monitored tightly. Clerics call us "terrorists" and "vandals" and want us dead.

Exams are taking place; but several universities have postponed some or all of them. Many students are refusing to sit their exams.

My friend, who is also our band's graphic artist, was beaten on Haft-e-Tir Square with electric batons, which have left circle shaped burns on his arm and his body, and he can't work for a while.

Guards and Basijis roam apartments, smash doors and windows, throw satellite dishes from the roof tops and leave. Still at night, I hear people shouting 'Allahu Akbar' from the roof tops.

Rock bands like ours are not allowed to perform publically. We can't even play underground for fear of the police. But we did put on a show in my house for a small crowd.

Our first song is called "Jahannam" - meaning "Hell". It's about our leaders who want to take us to what they call Heaven. The chorus goes: "If this is the heaven you want for me, then I'd rather have hell!"

SISYPHUS, 26, STUDENT, SHIRAZ, via email

It is really difficult to predict what will happen next, but one thing is for sure, the government will never give in to people's demands.

Such a withdrawal would be a big loss of face for the supreme leader who has shamelessly supported Ahmadinejad, regardless of the people's will.

Photo sent to BBC Persian of a boy releasing ballons
A boy releases balloons on Friday in Tehran, in support of the opposition

I think Khamenei has embarked on a path he cannot abandon. He has to keep suppressing people more and more harshly, to silence the protests.

Most dictatorial governments have one thing in common: they try to blame people's genuine opposition to their regime, on interference by foreign countries and that's what is going on in Iran.

State TV has shown interviews with protesters who have been arrested and confessed that they took to the streets in response to calls from BBC Persian Satellite TV and the Persian Service of Voice of America.

Nobody believes such nonsense. A few days ago some news came out that protesters had set fire to a mosque and some buses. State TV labelled the people a bunch of 'thugs' who were blindly following the dictates of the enemies of Republic.

What they don't know is that the enemy is inside. This government is the enemy of the people. The protesters are mostly young and educated.


Iranians are not what the government portrays them to be

This regime is unbelievably brutal against its own people. It gunned down 19 people just for protesting peacefully against an election. Innocent people, like Neda, shot dead.

How can they want nuclear energy for peaceful purposes? If they do not have mercy on their own people, God knows how they would treat other nations.

People all know that Ahmadinejad is the president selected by the supreme leader and that they will never change the results.

Nevertheless they continue to protest and use the election fraud as reason to tell the world that Iranians are not what the government portrays them to be.



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