Thursday, December 01, 2005

Insulting the clergy

According to Iranian Labor News agency, one of the students who took part in a demonstration earlier this week against the newly appointed chancellor of the University of Tehran has received an order to appear before court or face arrest on charges of "insulting the clergy".

The demonstration took place after students at the University of Tehran refused to attend classes and instead gathered outside the campus library to demonstrate against the appointment of ayatollah Amid Zanjani--a former prosecutor mullah with no academic background-- as the new chief of Iran's oldest university.

The frightened ayatollah suffered further humiliation when several angry students pushed him and threw his turban off his head while he was being escorted out of the university.