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Iran: Azad University Target of Attacks

Source: Parleman News

According to a report by Parleman News, at midnight Thursday a group of more than 20 plainclothes militia who were armed with warm and cold weapons illegally entered the office of Board of Trustees and Founders of Islamic Azad University and office of the Center for Advanced Science and Technology.

Protests at Azad University in Qazvin in December 2009. Banner says: "University Is Alive"
Azad Universities are a stronghold of the opposition movement

According to reports these plainclothes militia by intimidation and threatening and even putting handcuffs on the security personnel of these buildings, entered some of the office units of these buildings, vandalized them and took some documents, computers and other objects with them; still there is no accurate list of what exactly was confiscated in last night's raid.

According to the statement by the Office of Board of Trustees and Founders of Islamic Azad University, these attacks were in continuation of the recent activities against the Islamic Azad University as well as the illegal changes made to the rules and introducing new members to the board of trustees [by Ahmadinejad administration] and also the illegal gatherings by plainclothes militia in front of various offices of the university in the past few days

Rafsanjani: Certain officials try to hinder Islamic Azad University's progress

Islamic Azad University is country's largest private chain of universities which has branches all over the country and was one of the projects initiated during Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani's presidency. Until recently Mehdi Hashemi-Rafsanjani, son of Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani, was the president of the university. Since Ahmadinejad came to power there have been some tensions between the university and Ahmadinejad's administration as his administration has tried to take control over this university.

Related Article: Interview with Dr Abdollah j. Jassbi, President of Islamic Azad University since 1982 (in Persian)

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