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Tehran Police Hail Peaceful Protest Anniversary

9 July 2004 -- Police in Tehran say they are pleased that a key anniversary of student unrest has passed quietly.

General Morteza Talaie, the commander of the Iranian capital's police force, said that 8 July was what he called a "totally normal" day, despite what he said had been an extensive campaign in the "counterrevolutionary media" highlighting the anniversary.

On 8 July 1999, pro-democracy students clashed with police in cities across Iran after a police crackdown at an earlier student protest. One student died and hundreds of other people were injured in the violence.