Monday, November 07, 2005

Young Iranians protest after Soccer game

Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 5th, massive protests broke out at Azadi Stadium, following the Soccer match between the teams Esteglaal and Persepolis. Despite tight security by the regime's agents and disciplinary forces, young Iranians took the opportunity to once again protest against the Islamic regime. The protest grew to such an extent that it blocked traffic. The regime’s official news agency reported that the protest became so large that it 'locked' the surrounding streets.

The enraged protestors broke the windows on buses. An eyewitness described the grounds outside the stadium to have been covered with broken glass as far as one could see. One hundred and ninety four buses were damaged.

The disciplinary forces and the revolutionary guards stationed in and around the stadium were overwhelmed and said to have been unable to control the crowds and stop the protest.