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12/7/03

Tehran University students stage meeting to mark 16th Azar

The Islamic Association of Tehran University Students on Sunday held special ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the anti-US protests in which three students were martyred, IRNA reported.

The students gathered at the very spot where the students staged their protest in 1953.

About one thousand students took part in the ceremony chanting slogans for freedom of expression and the release of political prisoners.

They did not specify an individual to deliver speech to the meeting to avert the possible consequences of what they termed 'possible dictatorial action'.

They held placards saying the student movement advocates the people's demands, social justice, respect for students and an end to the Guardian Council's authority to ratify or reject eligibility of candidates.

Meanwhile, the university students membering the Basij (volunteer forces) held a separate meeting at Shahid Chamran Technical Faculty of Tehran University to mark the occasion.


Gathering of the Basiji students

Students Mostafa Bozorg-nia, Mehdi Shariat Razavi and Nasser Qandchi were martyred by the deposed regime's police when they had joined a demonstration to protest a plan to confer an honorary doctorate degree to Richard Nixon (vice-president in the Eisenhower administration) from Tehran University during his visit to Tehran in 1953.

Nixon was due to celebrate the US-engineered coup that toppled the popular government of the then-prime minister Mohammad Mossadeq four months earlier in 1953 for which the United States spent dlrs 21 million.

President pays tribute to 16th Azar martyrs

President Mohammad Khatami said on Sunday that 16th Azar (December 7) is the record of Iranian universities campaign for independence of the country and freedom of the people, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Speaking at the formal session of the cabinet, President Khatami said that the university has been on the forefront of defending the country against foreign aggression (during the imposed war 1980-1988), the reconstruction period and social progress.

"So, we should accord respect for the students and the university and that the student movement should push ahead in its dynamic path," President Khatami said.

He paid tribute to the three martyrs of Tehran University and hoped that all organs would respect the university and the students.

"The university is a place for freedom, for criticism and for expressing views. It is also a place for development of science and technology and at the same time, the best place for exercising democracy," President Khatami said.

Tehran University students held meeting on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the anti-US protests in which three students: Mostafa Bozorg-nia, Mehdi Shariat Razavi and Nasser Qandchi were martyred by the deposed regime's police.

They had joined a demonstration to protest a plan to confer an honorary doctorate degree to Richard Nixon (vice-president in the Eisenhower administration) from Tehran University during his visit to Tehran in 1953.

Nixon was due to celebrate the US-engineered coup that toppled the popular government of the then-prime minister Mohammad Mossadeq four months earlier in 1953 for which the United States spent dlrs 21 million.

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