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Iran: Back to Tabriz

Razeno reports about his conservations with people in Tabriz about the cartoon affair. The blogger says all people whom he talked, considered the cartoon just a pretext to revolt. They said they do not want to be separated from Iran and they want to be respected like other places such as Meshad, Isfahan and Rafsanjan (Persian). The blogger adds during the riots Farsi speaking population stayed at home and there were rumours that Lebanese Hezbollah have been sent by government to repress the demonstration.

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  • Mehdi Sarkarati

    The root of the “Cartoon Affair” is the sense of inferiority that the majority feels about the Azeris. Although, Azeris have been in minority but, because of their innate intelligence and talents, have been dominant in all aspects of the Iranian society including government, medicine, literature (even poetry), commerce, technology, cinema, military, and religion (This fact has been published in international writings). Almost in all areas, Azaris have been the best in their trades. Understandably all these achievements chronically have frustrated and continues to frustrate the majority. In a sense, they are being envied like Jews in some communities. Unfortunately some in Iran, instead of trying to improve themselves and excel in the aforementioned areas, try to relieve their frustration with name calling, insult, and unmature ways such as “Cartoon affair”. I think the best remedy would be compaign against ignorance.

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