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Scattered portests on National Student Day in Iran

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian students ushered National Student's Day with a number of demonstrations in Iranian universities which led to the conflict with the security forces and the arrest of a number of students.

A number of opposition websites reported the demonstrations but Islamic Republic state media has blacked out all news pertaining to the student protests.

According to the Society to Fight Education Discrimination reports that yesterday Tehran University Students attended a gathering under strict security measures. Prominent reformist figures such as Hojatoleslam Majid Ansari and Elaheh Koulai spoke at the gathering.

The guards began by prohibiting student activists from attending the meeting and later did not allow any additions to the gathering.

The report adds that following the meeting which was organized by the Islamic Student Association of Tehran and Medical Sciences University, the students gathered in the Technology Department area and chanted anti-government slogans.

Daneshjoo news website reports student demonstrations and gatherings in Tehran's Amir Kabir University and Open University of Qazvin.

The report adds that the police and security forces entangled with the students and arrested four protesters.

Daneshjoo news also reports that "over a thousand people" gathered in Qalam Square of the city of Qazvin despite widespread deployment of security forces all across the city.

According to the report, the police have filmed the protesters but the protesters have continued chanting slogans.

Jaras website reports that the Open University of Arak was shut down without prior notice to the students.

On the other hand, Kaleme website reports that an attempt to hold a pro-government rally in Esfahan University failed as the students turned down the rally call by the Student Basij.

State media on the other hand reported official ceremonies held for the occasion with the widespread participation of students.

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