After six nights of student unrest in the
Iranian capital, Tehran was almost calm Monday evening after police
were stationed in Tehran University's dorm to keep order, IRNA reported.
However, several sporadic demonstrations were reported in other
cities where small numbers of students staged short rallies to protest
the Saturday early morning raid of a university dorm in Tehran by
plainclothes vigilantes, the so-called "Ansar-E Hezbollah".
IRNA offices in Mashhad, Karaj, Kerman, Isfahan, Tabriz,
Kermanshah, and Hamedan have reported small rallies in protest against
the attacks by Ansar-E Hezbollah against students in Tehran.
Some of the rallies later turned into an opportunity for thugs to
misuse student protests and try to create disorder by chanting slogans
against the government.
The police later in the night dispersed the thugs and restored
order in the cities.
A brief meeting by students at Tehran University's dorm to
protest alleged privatization of universities turned into an angry
rally last Tuesday that was followed by several days of late evening
The police have been heavily stationed at the dorm over the past
week. No clash between the police and students has been reported yet.
The police have tried to keep the Ansar-E Hezbollah away from the
students to stop a confrontation and prevent the recurrence of the
group's violent raid into the dorm in 1999 that left one killed
and several others badly wounded thus sparking three days of unrest in
However, the Ansar-E Hezbollah, lead by Saeed Asgar, who carried
out a failed assassination attempt on Saeed Hajjarian, a member of the
former Tehran City Council in 2000, stormed into the dorm of Tehran's
Alameh Tabatabaei University early Saturday morning, beat up some 80
students and destroyed their properties.
The police later Sunday announced that it had arrested Asgar and
several of his fringe members, and vowed to prevent any effort to
create insecurity in Iran.
Meanwhile, Deputy Interior Minister for Political and Security
Affairs Ali Asghar Ahmadi said on Monday that 250 people were arrested
in the recent unrest in Tehran stressing that 35 percent of those
arrested were "counter revolutionaries and hooligans".
Ahmadi further added that "all those arrested, except for that 35
percent, have been freed."
Shahroudi says demands of students must be met appropriately
Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi
Shahroudi said in Tehran on Monday it was natural for students to stage
rallies to ask for their demands to be met, adding that those demands,
if deemed logical, must be responded to in an appropriate manner, IRNA reported.
Shahroudi was referring to recent angry rallies by students of
Tehran University which lasted for several days in protest against
privatization of universities.
He told a session of high-ranking Judiciary officials that it was
common for students throughout the world to put forward certain
demands, but said the recent rallies had been abused by certain
individuals who were not students.
The Judiciary chief described as critical the prevailing
conditions of Iran and the Middle East, and urged the police to
prevent any incident which might be used as a pretext against Iran by
"The officials of the country will stand steadfast against any
issue that might jeopardize the interests of the Islamic Republic,"
"The more the US steps up its pressures against Iran, the
stronger will be the solidarity and unity of the Iranian nation."
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Judiciary chief said the remarks by
US leaders in support of unrest in other countries was a sign of
'blatant interference' in their internal affairs.
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