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Rafsanjani warns Iranian students against US plots

Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday called on students to be vigilant not to be influenced and misled by US conspiracies, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Rafsanjani was referring to student gatherings at Tehran University dormitory which turned violet during the past few nights.

Addressing worshipers at the congregational Friday prayers at Tehran University campus, Rafsanjani said that the recent incidents stem from the students' anxieties. They believe universities are going to be privatized.

"This is while the Science (Research and Technology) Ministry has officially announced that privatization is not at issue," he said.

The youth are angry and are possibly trying to prevent any such move from happening, he said adding that this is very good.

However, he warned that the anti-revolutionaries, former members of SAVAK (intelligence agency of the former regime) and monarchists should not think that they can fish from troubled waters and take advantage of the recent events.

Rafsanjani said a number of students protested just for their guilds issues and demands, and simultaneously US senators hailed the incidents and announced they were following up the protests keenly.

"This is while the world has recently witnessed million-strong protest demonstrations against the US warmongering policies but the White House did not pay any attention to them," he said.

A student gathering held at Tehran University dormitory turned violent Thursday night and spread to the nearby streets.

Hundreds of students residing at the Tehran University hostel held a gathering at the central square of the hostel complex at the invitation of the Islamic Association of Tehran University and the Medical Sciences University.

Chancellors of the two universities attended the meeting to respond the questions posed by the students on the recent incidents in the hostel and student affairs.

Demonstrations were held at Tehran University dormitory on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in protest against a plan to privatize the universities.

The students took to the streets on Tuesday evening with certain demands which turned political when others joined them.

Minister of Science and Technology unveiled a plan to privatize universities requiring the students to pay tuition fees causing dismay among the students who could not afford to.

The Constitution has envisaged free education for the public and the government is responsible for running the administration of universities and provide fund for them in addition to benefits for the students.

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