Iran 'using child soldiers' to suppress Tehran protests
13-Mar-2011 (4 comments)

Iran's Islamic regime is using "child soldiers" to suppress anti-government demonstrations, a tactic that could breach international law forbidding the use of underage combatants, human rights activists have told the Observer.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran says troops aged between 14 and 16 have been armed with batons, clubs and air guns and ordered to attack demonstrators who have tried to gather in Tehran. The youths – apparently recruited from rural areas – are being deployed in regular riot police roles and comprise up to one-third of the total force, according to witnesses.

One middle-aged woman, who said she was attacked by the youths, reported that some were as young as 12 and were possibly prepubescent. They had rural accents, which indicated they had been brought in from villages far from Tehran, she said.

Some told her they had been attracted by the promise of chelo kebab dinners, one of Iran's national dishes.

Darius Kadivar

Armed children as young as 14 ...

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Armed children as young as 14 are said to have been deployed alongside riot police



Chelo Kabab? Beat up IRI and I'll give you Fessenjoon.

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IRI The Pride of the Islamic world...

Arabs say Ahmadinejad is more popular in Saudi Arabia than the King of Saudi.

Maybe it's for his introduction of child soldiers?

Islam is pure something, guess what that something is?


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I thought the Guardian Always believed the IRI was Reformable ?

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And You Folks Thought Farrokhzad's Song was Obsolete ? ;0)

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