Iran. Student Protests
Still continuing as before, with a class boycott this time. The judiciary is hitting back in the Aghajari case as well, at least according to IRNA
. On the legislative reform front, the Guardian Council has rejected
the bill passed by the parliament mandating political and press-related trials to be held openly and in front of a jury. If the Majlis refuses to amend the bill, it'll head to the Expediency Council next, and they've consistently sided with the conservatives. Also in the works: the bill to boost the presidency's power , particularly against the Guardian council. The parliament approved
the draft bill. The Guardian Council is highly likely to reject it, of course, but it will bring the issue into focus once more.
So far the protests have been peaceful. Hopefully that trend continues (Why? Two words: Tiananmen Square. Determined Guardian Council backed by Basij/Revolutionary Guards just might decide to crush the protest, if it seems to be spreading wider. Seems like the reform movement hasn't gained enough traction just yet on a grassroots level.)