Iranian Students Call For Protesters To Be Released
Report by RFE/RL
Student activists at Tehran's Shiraz University are
calling for the release of four of their colleagues who were detained on January
3. One activist, who requested anonymity, told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that the
students will begin a hunger strike on January 10 in protest.
Shiraz University students stage a protest on January 5 in an effort to
gain the release of their colleagues
The four students were suspended from school for two semesters before being
jailed. They were detained after they took part in events celebrating National
Student Day last month.
After those events, some 35 students were summoned to the university's
disciplinary committee and charged with "causing chaos" and disseminating
Shiraz University students recently staged several protests to push for the
release of their friends.
In recent months, rights groups have expressed concern over the increasing
pressure on students activists in Iran.
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