Iranian student protesters hide in fear for their lives

As to the students, it seems to me that in such a ruthless police state, these people would have been bundled up and made to dissappear, like in the good old days of the US supported Shah…
–Chris Voidis in the comments to my December 13 post about students demonstrating against President Ahmadinejad as he spoke at a university in Tehran

Iranian student activists who staged an angry protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week have gone into hiding in fear for their lives after his supporters threatened them with revenge.

One student fled after being photographed holding a banner reading, “Fascist president, the polytechnic is not for you”, during Mr Ahmadinejad’s visit to Tehran’s Amir Kabir university. At least three others have gone underground after being seen burning his picture. Vigilantes from the militant Ansar-e Hezbollah group have been searching for them.
Students now fear an even fiercer crackdown. “We believe [the authorities] will react much worse than before,” said Armin Salmasi, 26, a leading activist. “We are already under constant surveillance. The student movement in Iran is going to be driven underground – just like it was before the revolution.”

–Robert Tait of The Guardian, reporting December 18 from Tehran

(Hat tip: Engage.)