Iran has internationally heralded the protests in Egypt as a popular and justified uprising. However, like China, it has now blocked the BBC coverage of the protests to avoid any Iranian getting any ideas about freedom. Iran previously celebrated democratic freedom by arresting, beating, and in some cases executing protesters.
The BBC’s Persian TV service is being jammed by the Iranians. The greatest problem was that Iranians were communicating with Egyptians about their shared experiences.
Some Iranians were thinking of forcing the government’s hand by calling for protests in support of the Egyptians to get around the ban on protests in that country. The Iranian opposition has been warned not to go to the streets to support the Egyptians.
This is the 31st anniversary of the uprising by the Iranian people against the Shah. What a wonderful way to celebrate it by arresting people and blocking transmissions. The Shah would be impressed.