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Iranians say how they'll mark anniversary of revolution

Schoolgirls in Tehran wave Iranian flags
Schoolgirls in Tehran wave Iranian flags for anniversary of Islamic revolution

Events marking the 31st anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution reach their climax on 11 February. Traditional regime-sponsored marches will take place across the country, but opposition supporters are expected to use the day for their own protests too. Government opponents believe the re-election of President Ahmadinejad in June 2009 was rigged.

Two Iranians, one who voted for Mr Ahmadinejad and one who voted for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi say what they'll be doing on Thursday.

Mostafa Sepahi, 28, administrator, Tehran

Mostafa supported Mr Ahmadinejad in the 2009 election.

Mostafa Sepahi

I'm planning to attend Thursday's events with my family. I remember my Dad taking me to these things when I was a child.

Iranians across the generations respect the late Imam Khomeini.

I have never felt any government pressure to attend these events. They are public holidays in Iran so only those who want to join in stay in Tehran. Others go north for a vacation.

There are road blocks in Tehran for security, but most Tehranis leave their cars behind to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

What do you mean by asking are people scared? I will take my camera and take photos to show you the passion of the demonstrators.

I have internet access at home and at work and so far I have not noticed any restrictions.

Of course there was some restriction during the protests, but it was necessary to censor websites which encouraged people to protest against the government.

On the recent nuclear announcement - Iranians take pride in being able to increase uranium enrichment to 20%.

The effort is directed towards energy purposes alone and I'm surprised that the West is trying to create problems for itself and for Iran.

We think Iran should pursue its nuclear ambitions and despite any future difficulties we believe there will be sunshine after the clouds.

Hasan, 23, student, Tehran

Hasan supported Mr Mousavi in the 2009 election.

I've attended nearly all the demonstrations against the election results, but I won't go on Thursday. Not because of the government's threats, but because I have a big exam looming.

The biggest pressure is the detention of reformists and others who oppose the government

I have never attended the official events marking the anniversary of the revolution.

I don't think saying "Down with ..." anything can solve Iran's problems.

The biggest pressure on us from the government is the detention of reformists and others who oppose the government. As you know, two people were executed last week.

Unfortunately, a few people are scared, but that's not true of everyone.

Internet speed is normally slow here, but in these critical times access is limited even more. Many websites are blocked, such as YouTube, [opposition leader] Mir Hossein Mousavi's website kaleme.org and the Iranian reformist website rahesabz.net.

They restrict access to emails on key days because they don't like us uploading clips of protests.

Iran's head of police has declared he wants to check our emails and text messages. Maybe he is trying to scare people, but they have software sensitive to critical words.

I think most Iranians believe peaceful nuclear power is their right; but the government uses propaganda.

I don't like foreign countries looking at us like we're terrorists. I want to have the right to criticise the government without it ending in jail. I voted for Mr Mousavi because he doesn't disrespect people.

We mustn't repeat the mistakes people made 31 years ago. We need to be moderate and patient.


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