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U.S. Expresses Concern Over Crackdown On Students In Iran

Iranian activists protesting the detention of their fellow university students (Courtesy Photo) July 17, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The United States says it is "deeply concerned" by reports that Iranian authorities have increased their repression of student activists.

Six students were beaten and detained on July 9 for protesting the imprisonment of fellow students. Nine other students and a mother of a student were beaten and detained when authorities broke into the office of their student group, Office for Consolidation Unity.

The State Department said in a statement that these actions highlight an "alarming" trend of intolerance toward any expression of independent views in Iran.

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