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Iran: Deputies Continue Protest

Tehran, 29 June 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Four Iranian parliamentary deputies are continuing a 48-hour sit-in that they started yesterday to protest against the detention of thousands of people who participated in 10 days of recent anti-government protests. Prosecutor-General Abdolnabi Namazi has said more than half of about 4,000 people detained in the 10-20 June demonstrations are still in custody. He said about 800 of those in detention are students.

Yesterday, one of the striking legislators, Fatemeh Haqiqatju, said the sit-in in parliament is against the continuing detainment of the protesters, as well as their treatment during interrogation, and the lack of information about their whereabouts and condition.

Iranian officials have accused the United States of orchestrating the protests, which were the largest in four years. U.S. President George W. Bush openly supported the demonstrations.