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Tehran Students Protest On Anniversary Of Dormitory Attack

A riot police officer strikes a civilian during the violent crackdown at Tehran University one year ago.
Opposition websites have posted several videos of a reported protest at Tehran University on June 14, the date of the first anniversary of an attack by security forces on a university dormitory in which several students were killed and many were injured.

In this video, students chant “Allah Akbar” while holding pictures of some of their classmates who were killed in the crackdown that followed the disputed reelection of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Here, students chant in reaction to being videotaped by security agents: “Mercenary, how much were you paid for holding a camera?”

The Daneshjoonews website reports that several hundreds students took part in the protest, reportedly held under the watch of plain-clothes agents. The website, which covers developments related to the student movement, says security forces were calling on guards to confiscate the identity cards of protesting students and hand them over.

The website reports that clashes broke out between students and security forces who wanted to detain two female protesters, who reportedly managed to escape with the help of their classmates.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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