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Turning Point Iran: Thousands of Refugees Flee from Ahmadinejad Regime
Uprising in Iran?
This is all deja-vu like. Since the fraudulent elections in June, 2009, President Ahmadinejad's cruel regime is clamping down on rioters and demonstrations from thousands of students. Ironic that it is the same thing the Shah did in the late 70s and those in power now, were students then, taking to the streets, eventually bringing the Shah and the pro-west government.
Today, it is the fraudulent elections causing the ignition point for student unrest that is reaching a turning point for Ahmadinejad and his army of thugs. Using similar tactics the Shah used, he is forcing the law and civil obedience with illegal arrests, beatings, torture, and monitoring.
Iran is 30% under 35 yrs., that is a huge population and many are very pro-western in their thinking. The recent unrest flared up again with students in the thousands rioting in Tehran and other cities denouncing the president and wanting freedom. The power of student unrest and communciation is threatening the current regime via the Internet, Tweeter and Facebook.
Many refugees flee to Turkey that has an open border. The refugees are mostly educated people and is having a brain drain from Iran- twenty times what is normal. Turkey will not allow Iranians to become Turkish citizens and charges them $600 every six months to stay in their country. The catch is that Iranians are not allowed to hold any job in Turkey unless the job cannot be filled by a Turk citizen. Iranians must also live far away from urban centers at designated towns. While waiting for a new host country to live in, they linger on the Internet. Many Iranians work for $10 a day "under the table".
Since June, over 4000 have entered Turkey and wait to be able to go to the US, UK, Canada or Australia. Last year, the US accepted only 1000 Iranians out of 18000 refugees, since 2005, 4300 have been admitted to the US, 1200 to Canada and 583 to Australia. So, things do not look promising for Iranians attempting to reach the any of these countries (which are the biggest in terms of accepting refugees from all countries).
Still, Iran has the power of youth and if the groups can remain bonded and united for a truly free Iran, they may be able to achieve this.