In Iran, Students Were the First to Protest; Now They Fear for Their Lives

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After greeting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with chants of "death to the dictator" when he visited Tehran University last week, at least three students have gone into hiding. They fear that they might face deathly retribution for their protests, which came, the Guardian reports, "in a startling contrast to the acclaim Mr. Ahmadinejad has received in numerous recent appearances around Iran." Their fears follow a new "star-rating system" that brands students with between one and three stars; the more dissident, the more stars, and the more stars, the higher the chance of punishment–like being banned from classes altogether, says Gulfnews.