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posted January 29, 2001 09:03     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SMCCDI News Service
January 27, 2001

A violent clash happened, on Saturday, in the city of Karadj, located at 40 KM of Tehran, between protesters and members of the Bassidj troops.

The clash, which resulted in heavy damages to the "Karadj Station" and several wounded, happened following the Mechanical failure of the "Tehran-Karadj Metro System" during the Rush hour causing the anger of hundreds of users waiting in the "Karadj Station".

Users started, first, to protest against the poor management of the "Metro System" and then denounced the frauds made by the "Hashemi clan" known for having been involved in the purchase of the Metro components from China and managing the Metro system.

Slogans such as " Rafsandjani is a thief" and "Down with clerics" were heard in the station and its neighboring streets.

The Bassidj troops, sent to calm the situation, were successful after the use of violence and arresting several protesters.

The "Greater Tehran Metro System", qualified by the Islamic regime as one of its major achievements, was decided by the former Iranian regime and planed to be fully operational by 1985. It should have served several stations within Tehran, but also, linking Tehran to Karadj and Tehran to its new International Airport which was started in the neighboring city of Saveh.

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Violent clash" reported following Tehran-Karaj Metro failure

BBC Monitoring Service
Jan 29, 2001

Text of report in English by Iranian newspaper Iran Daily web site on 29 January

Tehran, 28 January: A violent clash happened on Saturday [27 January] in the city of Karaj, located 40 km of Tehran, between protesters and members of Basij (volunteer troops), Peyk-e Iran reported.

The clash, which resulted in heavy damage to the Karaj Station and several wounded, happened after the mechanical failure of the Tehran-Karaj Metro during the rush hour causing the anger of hundreds of commuters waiting at the Karaj Station.

Commuters started, first, to protest against the poor management and then denounced the alleged fraud made by its managers.

The Basij troops, sent to calm the situation, arrested several protesters.

The Greater Tehran Metro System, hailed as one of the government's major achievements, serves several stations within Tehran and links Tehran to Karaj.

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Several wounded, arrested in rush-hour melee on Tehran metro

TEHRAN, Jan 29 (AFP) - Several people were injured and arrested in a melee on the Tehran metro after one of the trains broke down during rush-hour, press reports said Monday.

The station in the capital's main western suburb of Karaj was seriously damaged in clashes Saturday between hundreds of passengers and Islamic Basij militia who were called in to restore order, the Iran Daily said.

It gave no further details about the injured or those who were jailed.

The Tehran metro remains far from completion despite years of construction work in and around the capital.

The first part of the network, from Tehran to Karaj, did not open until last year.

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