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Iran Frees Six Detained Activists

Students protesting the detention of fellow activists on July 9 (RFE/RL) August 9, 2007 -- Iran has released six students and other activists who were detained on July 9.

Some of them were detained after attending a meeting of Iran's largest student group -- Daftar Tahkim Vahdat, or the Office To Foster Unity -- while others had held a sit-in at Tehran University to mark the anniversary of student unrest in 1999.

Tehran authorities had banned gatherings commemorating the 1999 unrest, when hardliners attacked a university dormitory, killing one person and sparking days of rioting and protests.

Rights activists say pro-reform students, labor activists, and intellectuals have been targeted in recent months in what they describe as a fresh crackdown on dissent.

'Immoral Behavior'

Law enforcement agencies have also intensified their crackdown in recent years against what they describe as immoral and un-Islamic behavior.

In the latest move, Iranian police today announced that they detained 20 people in a raid on what they called a "decadent gathering" in the city of Karaj, near Tehran.

The arrests came a week after 230 people were arrested in a raid on a gathering in Karaj that authorities described as a Satan-worshipping underground rock concert.

(Reuters, AFP, ISNA, IRNA)

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