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Iran: Four Reported Dead In Clashes Between Protesters And Police

Tehran, 5 December 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Four people have been reported killed in clashes with the police in southeastern Iran. Parliamentarian Jafar Kambuzia said the clashes erupted yesterday in the city of Saravan, in Iran's Sistan va Baluchistan Province, after police shot and killed a local driver.

Kambuzia said the driver had failed to obey police orders to stop his vehicle. Kambuzia said after the driver was shot protesters gathered and clashed with police.

Kambuzia said despite appeals from the police and local authorities for calm and moderation some of the police "intervened" and there were four deaths from gunfire. Kambuzia said no police were killed.

Copyright (c) 2003. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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