Claims of student massacre spread - Middle East, World - The Independent
I am beginning to think it may not matter much whether this story is more rumor than fact. Somebody did some killing at Tehran University, and the students are blaming the Basiji militias and the police.I peered out. The gates of the university were now shut. Behind them was a crowd of hundreds of young men and women, many wearing scarves over their mouths. I crossed the road. And the banners behind those forbidding gates told a frightening story. "Today is a day of mourning," one of them read. "Dignified students are mourners today." "Police, shame on you, shame on you." "Tell my mother – she doesn't have a son any more."
It is too soon to know anything with certainty, but news items like this make me wonder if this protest has turned (or is about to turn) the corner into outright rebellion.If rumours of student deaths and violent suppression start spreading, an uprising could be difficult to control.