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Iranian Student Leader Majid Tavakoli Is Out on Bail
Written by Farid On 27 October 2013 @ 8:34 am | 1 Comment
In Citizen Media, Farsi, Human Rights, Iran, Middle East & North Africa, Politics, Video, Weblog
Majid Tavakoli , a prominent Iranian student leader was released on bail on Monday for the first time in four years. Family members say Majid may go back to jail in few days.
Tavakoli's arrest on December 2009, after criticizing the Iranian government while at Amir Kabir university, created a strong online protest campaign to counterattack the regime's attempt to humiliate him by claiming he had fled from authorities dressed as a woman  after delivering a Student Day  speech.
Hundreds of Iranian men dressed as women in their Facebook profiles to support Tavakoli and express their solidarity with women.
Social pressure for release?
Blogger Kermeki talks about what kind of pressure  may have had an impact on Tavakoli's temporary release. Advancing Human Rights  executive director David Keyes, publicly asked  the Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif , when Majid Tavakoli would be freed and he replied that he had never heard of him. Kermeki believe that this, along with social media campaigns, played a role in his release. Zarif has a presence on Facebook (which is banned in Iran) and internet users have also been raising awareness about Tavakoli there.
A video shared on YouTube, shows students at Amir Kabri University immediately celebrating his release at a rally with songs and banners:
Blogger Harf Rishe says [fa] :
Majid Tavakoli means that the Green Movement is alive.
Majid Tavakoli means that four years passed, for one person in the presidential palace [meaning former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]
Majid Tavakoli means that the Green Movement is not a political party that needs Khamenei ‘s permission to exist.
The blogger adds that if we truly believe in it, we can be the heart of Green Movement too. Leaders of the Green Movement are still under house arrest following massive protests after the controversial 2009 presidential election.
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URLs in this post:
 Majid Tavakoli: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majid_Tavakoli
 claiming he had fled from authorities dressed as a woman: http://www.nowpublic.com/world/majid-tavakoli-arrested-iran-government-says-womens-dress-2535879.html
 Student Day: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/12/07/iran-student-day-demonstraion-in-you-tube/
 dressed : http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/12/12/iran-men-in-hijab-to-support-jailed-student/
 talks about what kind of pressure: http://kermeki.blogspot.de/2013/10/blog-post_21.html
 Advancing Human Rights: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57608759/majid-tavakoli-prominent-iranian-political-prisoner-freed-after-facebook-backlash/Advancing%20Human%20Rights
 asked: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57608759/majid-tavakoli-prominent-iranian-political-prisoner-freed-after-facebook-backlash/
 Javad Zarif: https://www.facebook.com/jzarif
 says [fa]: http://harferishe.blogspot.de/2013/10/blog-post_22.html
 Khamenei: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Khamenei
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