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Vatandoost
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Clashes Occur at Raid Commemoration

By AFSHIN VALINEJAD, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Jul. 10 - Hundreds of hard-line activists clashed with protesters who gathered Monday to commemorate a 1999 police raid on a dormitory that triggered Iran's biggest unrest since the Islamic revolution.

Riot police intervened to stop the one-hour clashes that broke out in front of Tehran University during evening rush hour. There appeared to be no serious injuries, but dozens of people were arrested.

Poised for possible protests, police and hard-line activists were waiting outside the university as 1,000 students gathered at the dormitory complex - site of the pre-dawn raid on July 9, 1999 that left one student dead - about a half mile away.

The clashes began after a young women outside the university tried to hold up a sign. She and several others seen carrying bags of pamphlets were arrested. It was not clear what the placard or the pamphlets said.

Hard-liners chanted: ``The only leader is Sayyed Ali,'' a reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The dormitory raid two years ago triggered giant protests in Tehran and other cities against hard-line clerics who control the Iranian government and have resisted reform attempts by President Mohammad Khatami (news - web sites).

During last year's commemoration, at least a dozen people were injured when police fired bullets and tear gas at anti-government rioters, who were also attacked and beaten by hard-line activists.

The rioters burned bundles of hard-line newspapers, shattered shop windows and damaged the shutters on downtown businesses. Witnesses and authorities blamed the violence on hooligans trying to stir up trouble.

Hoping to avoid new confrontation, students this year planned no demonstrations. Organizers offered white flowers to students who gathered at the university dormitory complex.

Students set up a display of furniture ruined in the raid and photographs of students being attacked in their dormitory and being carried away bloodied. Leading reformists addressed the crowd.

Islamic hard-liners, who control the powerful judiciary and security services, have closed 19 newspapers and magazines, most of them pro-reform, and ordered the arrests of several leading journalists since April.

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Students hold protest rally in western Hamedan

BBC Monitoring Service
Jul 10, 2001

Text of report in English by Iranian news agency IRNA

Hamedan, 10 July: A group of students in western city of Hamedan on Tuesday [10 July] held a rally to protest what they called "raid on universities in July 9, 1999".

It was organized by the pro-reform Islamic Association of Students. Three student leaders delivered short speeches in which they protested certain officials who barred students from organizing a commemoration ceremony on the occasion of the 9 July university incident.

The rally was held at protest to some executive officials in Hamedan Province who prevented students from organizing a function to mark the dorm incident, said student leader Morteza Bahrkazemi.

In Tehran, students held a "No-to-violence Seminar" Monday in Tehran University to mark the second anniversary of the university's dormitory incident.

Sponsored by the major reformist student group Office to Foster Unity ([Office for Fostering Unity] OFU) and the Islamic Association of Tehran University Students, the seminar was in fact a call for negation of violence, especially the violence under the pretext of religion.

Police attack on the university dormitory in July 1999 sparked some of the worst unrest in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Clashes took place between students and members of the hardline groups. The incident sparked days of violent rioting in Tehran and the provinces and left one person dead and injured 34 others.

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Media, officials silent on student clashes

TEHRAN, July 10 (AFP) - Iranian media and politicians Tuesday ignored clashes between students, police and Islamic hardliners in Tehran on the second anniversary of a police attack on a university dormitory which sparked some of the worst unrest in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Instead they played up a peaceful ceremony held Monday in the dormitory complex of Tehran university, the scene of the violent police disruption of a protest against the closure of a reformist newspaper.

The state news agency and conservative and reformist newspapers made no mention of the attempts by students to mark the occasion in the streets of central Tehran near the university which were broken up by police and hardline Islamic militia.Witnesses said at least 20 students, including six women, were arrested by armed and helmeted riot police present in force after the militiamen, or Basijis, chanting slogans against reformers and in praise of the nation's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, clashed with the students.

The students had declared Monday a "National Day Against Violence."

Newspapers dedicated many pages to the commemoration ceremony held inside the university dormitory in Tehran's western Amir Abad area, where reformers made lengthy speeches denouncing the brutal police attack on July 8, 1999 on students protesting the closure of the reformist Salam daily.

Speakers included Mohsen Rahami, a university professor and lawyer who said a "phantom" government was ruling the nation, as well as Abbas Abdi, a former radical turned reformer.

Abdi was among the leading authors of the 1979 hostage-taking at the US embassy in Tehran during the revolution,

"Those who attacked the dormitory are really the agents of a phantom government which aims to repress opponents," said Hamid-Reza Jalai-Pour, a former head of several reformist newspapers now all banned by the conservative-led courts.

The police raid two years ago sparked days of violent rioting in Tehran and the provinces -- one of the worst cases of unrest since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution -- and officially left one person dead and injured 34 others.

However, press reports at the time had said the toll was much higher.

Rioting was eventually put down on July 13, after the intervention of the Basiji.

Some 1,500 students were said to have been arrested in connection with the rioting at the time, and some 15 are thought to be still behind bars.

Some 70 percent of Iran's 60-million strong population are under the age of 35, and largely support President Mohammad Khatami's plans to liberalise Iranian society and push through political and social reforms.

But his projects have faced stiff opposition from the nation's powerful conservatives.

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Police arrested 60 during student demo

TEHRAN, July 11 (AFP) - Police arrested more than 60 people, including 20 students, Monday during a demonstration to mark a police raid on a student dormitory which triggered widespread unrest, the student news agency ISNA reported Wednesday.

Some of those arrested "had been sending information abroad from the place of the demonstration" in central Tehran, ISNA quoted a Tehran local government official as saying.

The official, named as Ali Ta'Ali, said the arrests had been made because all student demonstrations in the capital had been banned by the interior ministry.

The attempt by students to mark the second anniversary of the police raid in the streets of central Tehran near the university were broken up by police and hardline Islamic militia.

Witnesses said at least 20 students, including six women, were arrested by armed and helmeted riot police present in force after the militiamen, or Basijis, chanting slogans against reformers and in praise of the nation's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, clashed with the students.

The students had declared Monday a "National Day Against Violence."

A peaceful commemoration ceremony inside the university dormitory in Tehran's western Amir Abad area was allowed to go ahead.

The police raid while students were protesting the closure of a reformist newspaper sparked days of violent rioting in Tehran and the provinces -- one of the worst cases of unrest since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution -- and officially left one person dead and injured 34 others.

However, press reports at the time had said the toll was much higher.

The rioting was eventually put down on July 13, after the intervention of the Basiji.

Some 1,500 students were said to have been arrested in connection with the rioting at the time, and some 15 are thought to be still behind bars.

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85 Held in Crackdown on Events Marking '99 Raid

The Los Angeles Times
From Times Wire Reports

July 13, 2001

Eighty-five people were arrested in Tehran this week as Iran's security forces enforced a ban on rallies commemorating the second anniversary of a brutal police attack on student hostels, newspapers said.

Some were arrested for distributing political leaflets, while others were detained after being beaten by vigilantes.

Police and vigilantes armed with clubs, chains and knives attacked student dormitories in July 1999, killing at least one person and injuring hundreds of others. The raid led to six days of social unrest and the worst violence in Iran since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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