Iran continues clamp down on student activists
Source: Radio Zamaneh
authorities are continuing to clamp down on student activists by restricting
their activities and throwing more activists in jail.
As student organizations are faced with severe limitations on their activities,
close to 70 student activists are currently in Islamic Republic prisons on
various security and political charges.
Ashkan Zahabian, a student at Fardowsi University in Mashhad and a member of
Takim-e Vahadat, Iran's largest student organization, was arrested yesterday for
the third time since the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which
triggered widespread protests across Iran in 2009.
In Tehran, officials seeking to arrest activist and Amir Kabir university
student Pedram Rafati have raided the home of his parents over the past two
Rafati was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards in June 2009 and sentenced to
two years in prison.
Daneshjoo News also reports that new charges have been brought against Bahraeh
Hedayat, Mehdieh Golrou and Majid Tavakoli, three prominent student activists
who are already serving harsh sentences in Evin Prison.
They were reportedly taken to court from prison and sentenced to an extra six
months in jail.
The new charges stemmed from the announcements they issued to student activists
marking National Student Day in Iran.
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