IRAN - July 8 - Students, Hardliners Clash.
'IRANA' reports that in July 8's earlier demonstration outside the dormitory, police arrested a number of students, saying the gathering took place without Interior Ministry permission. It gives no other details. Students at the demonstration demand the release of Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, leader of the Islamic Students Association, who was jailed in June and still has not been charged. The clashes disrupt student plans to mark the anniversary of the raid peacefully by handing out flowers in Tehran's streets and lighting candles. Representatives of the Office for Fostering Unity, the country's largest student group, visit the homes of leading jailed reformers and give their families flowers as a gesture of solidarity.
Meanwhile, Khatami warns that oppression of opposing views does not promote power or stability and could lead to a social explosion. He is quoted as saying: "To be strong does not mean that if the people don't follow the establishment they should be suppressed by the use of force. ... Public dissatisfaction will eventually lead to explosion". In a rare public criticism of the president, hard-line theologian Mohsen Doagoo is quoted as calling Khatami's administration a "national disaster". (In the past 3 months, the conservative judiciary has closed 19 newspapers, most of them pro-reform, and has ordered the detention of political activists.)
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|Publication:||APS Diplomat Recorder|
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|Date:||Jul 8, 2000|
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