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Protests Continue, Opposition Newspaper Banned

Opposition supporters demonstrate at Tehran University on December 8
Opposition supporters demonstrate at Tehran University on December 8

Student Protests Continue After Student Day

December 8 -- A day after the unrest on National Student Day in Iran, students of Tehran University held another assembly that was attacked by the Basij using tear gas and pepper spray, an eyewitness tells Radio Farda. He adds that a number of students were arrested. Tehran's police chief announced that 204 people were arrested during the Student Day protests on December 7.

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Another Iranian Newspaper Shuttered

December 8 -- The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has shut down Hayat-e No (New Life), a reformist newspaper, on charges of violating Iran’s media laws. Previously, the Ministry had warned Hayat-e No to "avoid agitating society about discord among the Iranian authorities." Hayat-e No, which belonged to the brother of Iran’s Supreme Leader, was a supporter of former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Musavi. Reza Moini of Reporters Without Borders tells Radio Farda that despite such restrictions on the press, the reports of Iranians’ recent protests have been spread throughout the world.

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