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There are 17 messages totalling 1212 lines in this issue.

Topics in this special issue:

1. Iran/Student Movement: Notice of Strike and spread up of the movement
2. Iran/BBC: Iran appeals to students
3. Iran/Reuters: Iran, UAE ministers in separate talks on dispute (?)
4. students XXI: Students sit-in continues
5. students XXII
6. Iran/Reuters: Angry students threaten to take to Tehran streets
7. Iran/Reuters: Iran papers to strike to protest at Salam closure
8. Iran/AFP: At least two students wounded in fresh clashes with
fundamentalists
9. Iran/BBC: Tehran students target police chief
10. Iran/AP: Iran Students Continue Protests
11. Iran/AFP: The revolt shacks the Iranian regime
12. Iran/BBC: Police heads roll in Tehran
13. Iran/AFP: Iranian students attack dress-code police
14. Iran/AFP: Iran unrest spreads to provinces, university closed down in
protest
15. students XXIII
16. students XXIV
17. Iran/Student Movement: Military Putsch (?)

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 03:46:49 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Student Movement: Notice of Strike and spread up of the movement

Student Movement Coordination Committee
Tehran/Iran

July 11th 1999

In a statement issued in Tehran and after ending the demonstrations which
shacked the foundations
of the Islamic republic;

The Student Movement Coordination Committee has declared the continuation of
the protests under the form of General strike for all the Iranians
Universities. This Strike will continue at least for the next 7 days
when a official commemoration for the martyrs of the democracy cause will be
held in all the universities.

Already and based on confirmed news the strike has spread to all Iranian
Universities.

The Students are claiming firmly:

- The release of several prisoners of opinion as like as Mr. Tbarzadi,
Kashani, Khadivar and
Amir Entezam
- To bring to justice the officers and responsibles for the student deaths
raised to 7 people.
- Freedom of speech and opinion
- Security for all activists.

The students have formed a committee in charge to protect the students,
their offices and dormitories and
have warned that they will use other manners than peaceful ways if the
attacks continues.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 04:33:13 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/BBC: Iran appeals to students

World: Middle East
Iran appeals to students

Iran's Supreme National Security Council has appealed for calm as thousands
of students return to the streets of Tehran on Sunday for a fourth
consecutive day of pro-reform protests.

There are reports of blockades being placed across roads near the university
and the atmosphere is described as tense.

On Saturday, the authorities moved to defuse the situation when they
condemned earlier police action against the students.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 04:37:27 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Reuters: Iran, UAE ministers in separate talks on dispute (?)

Iran, UAE ministers in separate talks on dispute
12:27 a.m. Jul 11, 1999 Eastern

DUBAI, July 11 (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of Iran and the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) are to hold separate talks on Sunday with officials from a
regional committee trying to end a territorial row between the two states.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani said
Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi would meet Saudi Foreign Minister
Prince Saud al-Faisal in the kingdom.

The UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan bin Zaid
al-Nahayan would hold talks in Qatar, he added.

The Qatari foreign minister made his comments, carried by Gulf news agencies
late on Saturday, following the first meeting in Jeddah of a Gulf Arab
committee formed this month to contact Iran to discuss future ties and find
ways to end the dispute.

The dispute over three strategic Gulf islands has so far stood in the way of
full rapprochement between Iran and its Gulf Arab neighbours despite a
marked improvement after more than a decade of mistrust.

Iran has rejected the mediation by its Arab neighbours saying it wants
direct talks with the UAE.

``The Saudi officials will inform the Iranian minister on the points of view
of the committee and we will inform the UAE minister on what was discussed
during the committee's meeting,'' the Qatari foreign minister said.

He said the committee -- comprising the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia,
Qatar and Oman -- ``discussed how to bring points of view closer between the
UAE and Iran.''

The committee was set up after the UAE bitterly criticised Saudi Arabia and
other GCC members for pushing ahead with closer ties with Iran while the
islands issue remained unresolved.

The islands, near key oil shipping lanes at the mouth of the Gulf, are held
by Iran but also claimed by the UAE.

A key sticking point standing in the way of direct talks is that Iran wants
to discuss only the sovereignty of the larger Abu Musa island while the UAE
says talks should also include the Greater and Lesser Tunbs.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 10:49:19 +0100
From: "a.abdi" <a.abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: students XXI: Students sit-in continues

thr 012
student-statement
iisp denounces university campus incident
tehran, july 11, irna -- the islamic iran solidarity party (iisp) in
a statement said the recent incidents at tehran university
dormitory were attempts to foment chaos and violence, adding that such
acts not only will fail to give any result but will further expose the
true nature of the pressure groups.
it stressed that pressure and violence-seeking groups should be
fully aware of the fact that the growing trend of political
development and cultural promotion cannot be checked through beating
people or closing certain newspapers.
in its statement, a copy of which was sent to irna, the islamic
iran solidarity party while condemning violation of the university
campus, urged identification and punishment of agents involved in
this ''improper measure''.
it also called on the students to practice self-restraint and
thus prevent agents opposed to the system from taking advantage of the
situation.
ns/ks
end
::irna 11/07/99 11:13


thr 016
moin-resignation
president khatami rejects moin's resignation
tehran, july 11, irna -- president seyed mohammad khatami sunday
rejected the resignation of minister of culture and higher education
mostafa moin.
the minister, in a letter to the president on saturday, announced
his resignation as minister of higher education in protest to the
violence against tehran university students by the law enforcement
forces.
ks/ks
more
::irna 11/07/99 12:03


thr 017
moin-resignation-2 tehran
enforcement forces.
in response to moin's letter of resignation, president khatami
thanked him and other officials for their attempts to calm down the
tense situation at the university campus.
the president stressed that any violence and tension must be
avoided because, he said, tranquility is the most basic need of the
country and a prerequisite for political development.
"expressing my deep regret and sympathizing with your excellency
and all those who feel responsible toward security, freedom, and
independence of the country... and in response to your resignation, i
also condemn this ugly and bitter incident at the tehran university
campus.
"while appologizing to this insult to the sanctity of science
and university, i hereby announce that with the aid of the almighty, i
will continue investigations until all the aspects of the event are
discovered and appropriate action is taken. as you are aware, suitable
decisions have been taken in this regard which have been disclosed or
will be published later for the information of the people and
university students and academics."
ks/ks
more
::irna 11/07/99 12:31


thr 018
moin-resignation-3 tehran
and academics.
"i appreciate the sympathy and expediency shown by you and other
dear colleagues, particularly for your ceaseless efforts to quiet the
tense and heavy atmosphere created on friday night, and i request you
as a good and servant colleague of the government and a sincere
supporter of the dear university students, to continue your grave
responsibility firmly and resolutely as has been the case so far.
"we must all know that when the country is faced with a sensitive
situation, peace and refraining from any violence and tension are
the most basic needs of the country and an important prerequisite
for political development; and the government, of course, would owe
its success to this tranquility.
"i am confident that all the dear university students and
academics and the noble nation of iran, with their weapon of logic
and self-restraint, will assist the government and the officials in
their all-out investigations of the incident in order to disappoint
those who are trying to take advantage of the situation for their
evil personal ends," said khatami in his letter to moin.
ks/ks
end
::irna 11/07/99 12:45


thr 019
students-gathering
abdullah nouri to address students
tehran, july 11, irna -- president of the tehran city council and
former interior minister abdullah nouri is to address a student
gathering at the tehran university campus, some students told irna.
a large group of students have gathered at the university campus
at kargar shomali avenue for a fourth straight day to continue their
protest at the police crackdown on them on thursday and friday
following a peaceful demonstration held by the students against the
closure of the pro-khatami daily salaam and the approval by parliament
of a motion to amend the press law.
the student demonstration did not have the interior ministry's
authorization nor did have the security forces invasion into the
students dormitories.
in clashes between the students and counter-demonstrators backed
by the law enforcement forces, dozens of students were injured and
many more were detained. unofficial reports speak of a number of
deaths as well. extensive material damage has also been inflicted on
the dormitories.
despite a pledge by the supreme national security council on
saturday evening that the commander who ordered the invasion will be
dentified, dismissed and punished, the students say they have other
conditions that must be met before they end their strike.
they said they will issue a six-point statement later sunday
containing their conditions for ending their sit-in.
the students have closed the road near the university campus to
traffic.
parents of students and dozens of iranian and foreign reporters,
photographers and cameramen are present at the scene of the
demonstration.
ks/ks
end
::irna 11/07/99 13:05


thr 020
tehran-university-sit in
tehran university professors to stage sit-in monday
tehran, july 12, irna -- members of the tehran university presiding
board togher with deans of its different colleges are said to be
planning a sit-in as of 10:00 monday morning at the university mosque.
they are said to have issued a statemet declaring that the sit-in
aims at voicing their hatred towards the tragic and bloody incidents
caused by advocates of violence and the law enforcement forces on
friday.
they have planned the sit-in to go on untill the prayers time at
noon the same day.
vd/ks
end
::irna 11/07/99 13:34


thr 022
chancellor-resignation
tehran university chancellor resigns
tehran, july 11, irna -- chancellor of the tehran university mansour
khalili araqi, in a letter to minister of higher education mostafa
moin, has tendered his resignation.
''despite efforts made by the officials of the university to
prevent arrival of the law enforcement forces in the tehran
university campus, the forces and the civilians who accompanied them,
mostly armed with various kinds of cold weapons, did not heed the
remarks of the university officials and attacked the university
dormitory friday midnight,'' the letter said.
the assault which inflicted heavy damage and resulted in numerous
casualties as well as plunder of the university and students'
properties had no logical justification, it added.
''although efforts have been made to restore the prestige and
identity of the students and the university since the first seconds
of the incident, the lack of acceptance of responsibility by the
forces who created the incident and lack of due attention to the
legal approvals by them have neutralized any kind of efforts to
preserve the sanctity of the university,'' the tehran university
chancellor wrote in his letter to moin.
''therefore,'' he added, ''i hereby submit my resignation as
the tehran university chancellor.''
following the incident, moin himself submitted his resignation
to the president on saturday but khatami refused his resignation
sunday and asked him to stay and help him overcome the crisis.
fs/ks
end
::irna 11/07/99 13:43


thr 023
tehran-university-letter
tehran university lodges complaint against lef commanders
tehran, july 11, irna -- the tehran university lodged a complaint
against two of the law enforcement forces commanders who are said to
have been involved in the tehran university campus incident on
friday.
in a letter to the judiciary chief, ayatollah mohammad yazdi,
sunday, the university said it had lodged a complaint against two
of the law enforcement commanders who had been involved in the violent
incidents in the tehran university dormitories in the past 48 hours.
it further said the prosecutor of the judicial organization
of the armed forces hojjatolesalm forati had refused to take and
register the complaint, postponing it to future days.
vd/ks
end
::irna 11/07/99 13:45


thr 025
students-incidents-statements ... 2 - tehran
the system.
meanwhile, the presiding board of al-zahra university and
chancellors of medical sciences and shahid beheshti medical
universities condemned the incidents in separate statements.
appreciating the supreme national security council's measure in
condemning the military violation of the university campus, the
al-zahra presiding board called for the unconditional fulfillment of
the provisions stipulated in the statement of the council.
"the culture of violation has affected various scenes of the
the islamic society and has blocked the way to freedom of expression
and thoughts," said the statement, adding that it has seriously
damaged the dignity of the noble iranians at international arena.
in similar statements chancellors of the above-mentioned
universities also condemned the incidents and said such tragic events
which are either caused by ignorant friends or wise enemies will
ultimately please the enemies of the islamic revolution.
the women's association of the islamic republic also in a
statement condemned the incident and called on the leader and
president to instruct relevant officials to investigate and clarify
the case.
it expressed surprise over the fact that the law enforcement
forces who should have been present at the scene of the incident to
disperse the assailants not only failed to prove effective in this
connection but further spread dimensions of the violence.
ns/ks
end
::irna 11/07/99 13:53

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 13:07:59 +0100
From: "a.abdi" <a.abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: students XXII

thr 030
judiciary-yazdi
yazdi: judiciary to bring to justice those involved in violence
tehran, july 11, irna -- judiciary chief ayatollah mohammad yazdi
said on sunday that the judiciary will implement the approval of
the supreme national security council concerning the arrest and trial
those involved in violence at tehran university's dormitory.
addressing the judiciary's executive officials, yazdi said the
judiciary has always maintained its independence in all political ups
and downs and in this case it will take legal action against any one
in any post and from any organization.
he said of course the preliminaries should be done by the security
and disciplinary organs as well as the interior ministry, he added.
bg/ss/rr
end
::irna 11/07/99 16:30


thr 031
tehran university-city council
head of tehran city council urges students to exercise vigilance
tehran, july 11, irna -- head of tehran city council abdollah nouri
joined the gathering of university students in the dormitory of
tehran university here sunday and called on the students to exercise
vigilance and never let the opportunists take advantage of the event.
referring to the process of the presidential election on may 23,
1997, he said that what happened during the last year should be
studied by those interested in the islamic republic.
''on may 23, 1997 the people proved that they will never be
influenced by propaganda campaign or accusations,'' he said.
nouri urged senior officials to send their representatives to the
scene to study the situation closely.
"we should do our best in line with constitution of the islamic
republic of iran to protect the system," he said.
mm/ss/rr
end
::irna 11/07/99 16:31

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 09:14:44 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Reuters: Angry students threaten to take to Tehran streets

Angry students threaten to take to Tehran streets
July 11, 1999

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Thousands of angry pro-democracy students
threatened to take their protest to the streets of the capital on Sunday if
their demands were not met.

"Either Islam and the law, or another revolution," chanted the students.
Their demands included the execution of the hardline police chief, who
reports to Iran's dominant clergy.

The students gathered from mid-morning outside their dormitory complex at
Tehran University, scene on Thursday and Friday of a bloody melee that saw a
peaceful rally in support of press freedoms attacked by Islamic vigilantes
and police with iron bars, metal chains, clubs and tear gas.

The fall-out of the clashes has shaken the Islamic republic. Student demands
for accelerated social and political reforms threaten to eclipse the
cautious reform approach by moderate President Mohammad Khatami.

He now faces growing pressure, especially from the students who are his most
loyal backers, to speed up reform in the face of consistent challenges from
Iran's powerful conservative establishment.

"We don't want a government of force, or a mercenary police," chanted the
students, many holding up pictures of Khatami or press photographs of
injured students.

Student leaders said they were prepared to carry on their protests until
they received public assurances from Iran's supreme clerical leader,
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that he would step in to crush the hardline
"pressure groups" that routinely attack pro-reform rallies.

"It is 100 percent, we will continue," said one student. "It is difficult to
be satisfied with small concessions."

The student leaders issued a series of new demands, saying they would take
their protest into the streets of Tehran at 1030 GMT if they were not met.

They said they wanted the lifting of a ban on the pro-Khatami Salam daily,
the annulment of tough new press restrictions and an end to the vetting of
election candidates by conservative clerics of the Guardian Council.

The also wanted the execution of the police chief, held responsible for the
crackdown, and the handover of bodies of students they say were killed in
the clashes.

The students, who have consistently maintained that some of their classmates
were killed, also declared Sunday a day of mourning. Under Shi'ite Moslem
tradition, mourning ceremonies are held on the third, seventh and 40th day
after death.

Late on Saturday, the Supreme National Security Council, chaired by Khatami,
said in a statement that it had "decided to dismiss the official who ordered
police to enter university dormitories and that he be dealt with according
to regulations."

The council also said it would scrutinise Islamic vigilante groups and
expressed its sympathy with dozens of students injured in the attacks.

But it stopped short of meeting earlier student demands to remove the police
chief and it made no mention of persistent student reports that up to five
of their classmates had died at the hands of police and the vigilantes.

It was not immediately clear whether the students would eventually accept
the Council's decision, which had the public backing of the supreme clerical
leader.

Khatami's own political faction confirmed the students' reports of deaths
and demanded the police chief pay for the affair with his job.

The Islamic Iran Participation Front, led by Khatami's brother and
comprising many senior government officials, offered in a statement the
first high-level confirmation that some students had been killed in the
clashes.

It provided no names or other details of the dead students.

There were also signs that Khatami and his reformist allies were prepared to
back the students' agenda.

The Islamic vigilantes are widely identified as members of the Ansar-e
Hezbollah, which enjoys shadowy support from senior conservative figures.

On Saturday night, students fearful of renewed attacks posted guards at the
gates to their dormitories and blocked surrounding streets with barricades
made of wood, iron bars and old tires. Some set bonfires, while
neighbourhood residents supplied them with food, water and cigarettes.

Earlier on Saturday some 10,000 students protested for a third day, blocking
a major thoroughfare near the campus. They later marched across the capital
to the interior ministry, their ranks swelled by supporters.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 09:18:24 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Reuters: Iran papers to strike to protest at Salam closure

Iran papers to strike to protest at Salam closure
05:00 a.m. Jul 11, 1999 Eastern

TEHRAN, July 11 (Reuters) - Iranian journalists plan to stage a one-day
strike on Tuesday to protest against the closure of the pro-reform Salam
newspaper, newspapers reported on Sunday.
``We will lay down our pens on Tuesday...and invite our colleagues
throughout
the country to do likewise,'' said the statement signed by 583 journalists
and carried by leading reformist newspapers.
The Special Court for Clergy, which operates under the supervision of
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, and independently from the
main body of the judiciary, banned Salam after a complaint by the
intelligence ministry against its editor-in-chief.
Although the ministry has withdrawn its complaint, the clerical court
refrained from lifting the ban.
This provoked demonstrations by students, who were attacked by police and
right-wing Islamic vigilantes armed with clubs and chains. At least five are
feared dead.
Media sources told Reuters that the strike would effectively close down all
the main national dailies, which generally support reformist president
Mohammad Khatami, except the conservative newspapers Kayhan, Resalat and
Jomhuri-e Eslami.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 09:21:41 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/AFP: At least two students wounded in fresh clashes with
fundamentalists

At least two students wounded in fresh clashes with fundamentalists
Iran - Sunday, 11 July 1999 - Agence France Presse

TEHRAN, July 11 (AFP) - At least two Iranian students were wounded Sunday as
hardline fundamentalists launched sporadic attacks on a Tehran university
rally of more than 20,000 people at the riot-torn Amirabad campus.
The attacks provoked an angry response from demonstrators who were holding a
fourth straight day of protests against a deadly crackdown on the campus by
police and fundamentalists.
Several hundred angry students armed with sticks and stones broke away from
the main rally to take on the counterdemonstrators.
But a large police deployment at a road junction near the campus prevented
them from chasing the fundamentalists into the city centre.
The students accuse conservatives and hardliners within the regime who
control the country's security forces of supporting the fundamentalist
vigilantes who regularly attack Iranian liberals and moderates.
At the rally Sunday students chanted slogans against the Islamic Republic's
supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accusing him of involvement with the
fundamentalists.
Newspaper reports said Sunday that five students had been killed in Friday's
clashes and that dozens more who were wounded had been abducted from Tehran
hospitals by the Iranian intelligence services.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 09:45:43 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/BBC: Tehran students target police chief

World: Middle East
Tehran students target police chief

Demonstrators are angry at the slow pace of reforms

Student demonstrators in Tehran are demanding the arrest and execution of
Iran's police chief over a violent police operation against a pro-reform
protest on Friday.


The BBC's Jon Leyne: "The future direction of Iran is at stake"
The Supreme National Security Council, which met all day on Saturday under
reformist President Muhammad Khatami, has appealed for calm.

On Sunday thousands of students returned to the streets for a fourth
consecutive day of protests. Their anger is directed at Iran's dominant
religous establishment which opposes President Khatami's reform programme.

Leaders of the protest gave the authorities until 5pm local time (1230 GMT)
to take action against police chief General Hedayaf Lotfian.

Unprecedented challenge




The Supreme National Security Council has already come out on the side of
the students promising to punish the leader of the police operation in which
five students were reportedly killed.

Demonstrators have been shouting unprecedented challenges to Iran's supreme
leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to intervene to prevent further attacks.



Jim Muir reports that the students are asking for more measures against the
anti-reform camp
Accusations against him have also been chanted alleging his complicity in
the deaths of the students.

Police have kept away and the protesters have placed blockades of tires and
barbed wire across roads near the university.




The BBC Middle East Correspondent, Jim Muir, says what began on Thursday
night as a small demonstration about press freedom by just a few hundred
students has escalated into a major national crisis.

Mass resignations

The students who were attacked by police and anti-Khatami vigilantes on
Friday had been holding a small protest against the closure of a pro-Khatami
newspaper, Salam, by a special court.



Criticism of supreme leader Khamenei has been taboo before this
The closure came after the conservative-controlled parliament introduced new
legislation to restrict Iran's popular new independent press.

On Sunday the chancellor of Tehran University and the heads of 18 faculty
departments resigned in protest at the police action.

The faculty heads described the incident at the hostel as an "unprecedented
crime in our university's history".

The Minister of Higher Education, Mostafa Moin, also offered his resignation
to protest against the police but Mr Khatami is reported to have rejected
it.

Press protest




More than 500 journalists working for pro-reform newspapers have added their
voice to the protests by announcing a one-day strike against the closure of
Salam to take place on Tuesday.

The new press curbs are seen as part of a protracted struggle between
President Khatami and hardline religious conservatives.

Ayatollah Khamenei, who is supreme leader of the Islamic revolutionary
state, is identified with the reactionaries but has always avoided comment
on the reform debate.

Meanwhile the reformers have previously refrained from publicly criticising
the Ayatollah, or blaming him for the obstacles being placed in front of
President Khatami and his supporters.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 09:48:02 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/AP: Iran Students Continue Protests

Sunday July 11 8:40 AM ET

Iran Students Continue Protests
By AFSHIN VALINEJAD Associated Press Writer

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Thousands of Iranian students gathered
for a fourth day of protests Sunday, staging a sit-in at Tehran University
to denounce a weekend assault by police on a campus dormitory.

In his first comments on Friday's raid, President Mohammad Khatami expressed
``deep regret,'' calling the assault an ``ugly and bitter incident.''

The demonstrations, the most severe expression of discontent in the two
decades since radical clerics took over in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution,
were provoked by a violent and unauthorized police raid on a Tehran
University dormitory Friday, apparently with the backing of government
hard-liners. The raid followed a student protest.

At least 20 people were hospitalized, and newspapers reported that 1,000
were arrested. They have since been released. Reports that up to three
students were killed in the raid could not be confirmed.

``I will continue investigations until all the aspects of the event are
discovered and appropriate action is taken,'' Khatami said in a statement
carried by IRNA.

Student leaders, some of them wearing bandanas to conceal their faces,
placed tires and barbed wire Sunday on the main road leading to their
dormitory, closing off the street.

By midday, some 10,000 protesters had gathered, and their numbers were
growing by the minute, said eyewitnesses reached by telephone from Dubai.

Police forces were reportedly ordered to stay away to avoid a confrontation.

University deans and members of its presiding board said in a statement
Sunday that they would stage their own two-hour sit-in Monday to show their
``hatred toward the tragic and bloody incident'' at the dormitory, the
official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The university chancellor resigned Saturday, also in protest of the police
actions.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 12:32:41 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/AFP: The revolt shacks the Iranian regime

Agence France Presse
Sunday July 11, 1999,
14h49

The revolt shacks the Iranian regime

TEHERAN, 11 juil (AFP) -

the revolt of the students of Teheran, the most significant demonstration
of popular protest for twenty years in Iran, has made tremble the regime
which does not know too much how to calm the play.

" the revolution faces a serious crisis ", wrote Sunday the daily newspaper
of English language Iran Daily, near to the moderate wing of the Islamic
mode.

" the incapacity of our great revolution to know how to be caught there with
his/her children on a university campus shocked the international community
", recognized the newspaper.

Alternating repression forces then words of appeasing, the regime did not
calm the anger which was Sunday at its fourth day, with 20.000 people in the
street, a figure record for an not-official demonstration since the first
years of the revolution of 1979.

The students profit in addition from the sympathy of the population, which
mixes readily with the demonstrators with the accesses with the campus with
the district with Amirabad, from where the dispute left Thursday evening.

The students pushed the audacity Sunday to require " explanations " on
behalf of the supreme guide of the country, the ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in
his capacity as head of the services of security, for police violences of
Thursday and Friday.

Some in crowd were further launching slogans affirming than the guide
supported the fundamentalist ones of Ansar Hezbollah, an organization
violently anti-liberal.

The guide, successor of the ayatollah Khomeiny, has capacities exceeding
those of the government and the civil authorities, and very critical in its
connection is considered by the law an attack with the values of the system.

While claiming the dismissal of the powerful head of the font, the General
Lotfian, considered as person in charge of the brutal police attack against
the campus of Amirabad, the students placed the bar very high.
The departure of this officer with comes up would translate in a spectacular
way the triumph of the street on the hardest hierarchy of the forces of
security of the regime.

For two days, the regime has tried from now on to alleviate the situation in
vain by multiplying the calls to calms and the expressions of sympathy with
the students.

Mohammad Khatami refused Sunday the departure of his Minister for Higher
education, Mostafa Mo´n, which had presented its resignation while being
solidarized with the students.

President Khatami is in delicate position to have to give pledges to the
students, without giving the impression which it puts the mode in danger.

If it manages to control the situation, president Khatami could on the other
hand leave reinforced, and prevail himself from there still more of the
popular support to apply his policy of democratic reforms vis-a-vis to the
powerful preserving apparatus.

The supreme guide Ali Khamenei, holder of theocratic legitimacy but from now
on criticized in the street, must also restore to him its image of head of
the regime without lending the side to the charges of those which reproach
him preserving sympathies.

The students claim in addition openly that it yields part of its capacity,
by transferring the control which it has on the forces of security to the
Minister of Interior Department, Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari, a close relation
of Mr. Khatami.

The studied movement, which begin with a demonstration against closing from
a newspaper pro-Khatami, profits from a broad support in the reforming,
majority press among the Iranian daily newspapers.

On the other hand radio-tÚlÚvision of State, controlled by the conservatives

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 12:37:38 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/BBC: Police heads roll in Tehran

World: Middle East
Police heads roll in Tehran

As student protests for reform continue to spread Iran's National Security
Council has announced the dismissal of two senior police officers for
ordering violence against protesters.


The BBC's Jon Leyne: "The future direction of Iran is at stake"
A statement read out on Iranian TV said General Muhammad Ahmadi and his
unnamed deputy have been handed over to judiciary officials.

On Sunday thousands of students took to the streets of Tehran and other
major cities for a fourth consecutive day of protests in the most serious
challenge to the Islamic regime since the 1979 revolution.




The students in Tehran have now dispersed for the night, heeding pleas from
their political sympathiser President Muhammad Khatami and his pro-reform
government.

Mr Khatami had warned that further disturbances would damage his programme
of careful democratic change.

The demonstrators had been demanding the arrest and execution of Iran's
hardline top policeman, General Hedeyat Lotfian, and for control of
law-enforcement agencies to be transferred from the Islamic authorities to
President Khatami.

The National Security Council, headed by the president himself, had earlier
promised to punish the leader of a police operation in which five students
were reportedly killed.

Several hundred students at a Tehran hostel had been staging a peaceful
demonstration in support of press freedom when they were attacked on Friday
by police and anti-reform vigilantes.



Jim Muir reports that the students are asking for more measures against the
anti-reform camp
The incident caused outrage among pro-reform politicians. President Khatami
expressed his "deep regret" for the police raid, calling it an "ugly and
bitter incident".

Demonstrators earlier shouted slogans calling on Iran's supreme leader,
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to intervene to prevent further attacks. Accusations
of his alleged complicity in the student deaths were also chanted.

Police kept away and the protesters placed blockades of tires and barbed
wire across roads near the university.

Multiple resignations




On Sunday the chancellor of Tehran University and the heads of 18 faculty
departments resigned in protest at the police action.

The faculty heads described the incident at the hostel as an "unprecedented
crime in our university's history".

The Minister of Higher Education, Mostafa Moin, also offered his resignation
but Mr Khatami is reported to have rejected it.

Press protest

More than 500 journalists working for pro-reform newspapers have added their
voice to the protests by announcing a one-day strike against the closure of
Salam to take place on Tuesday.



Criticism of supreme leader Khamenei has been taboo before this
The new press curbs are seen as part of a protracted struggle between
President Khatami and hardline religious conservatives.

Ayatollah Khamenei, who is supreme leader of the Islamic revolutionary
state, is identified with the reactionaries but has always avoided comment
on the reform debate.

Meanwhile the reformers have previously refrained from publicly criticising
the Ayatollah, or blaming him for the obstacles being placed in front of
President Khatami and his supporters.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 12:52:58 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/AFP: Iranian students attack dress-code police

Iranian students attack dress-code police
Iran - Sunday, 11 July 1999 - Agence France Presse

TEHRAN, July 11 (AFP) - Student demonstrators in Tehran launched a direct
assault on the country's Islamic dress code for women Sunday, attacking a
police van carrying alleged violators to prison.
The students attacked the vehicle with sticks and stones and smashed one of
its windows during a 20,000-strong rally in the fourth straight day of
unrest
in the capital.
The three police officers on board managed to drive off before the
demonstrators could free the dozen women they had detained for breaking the
strict dress code adopted here after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
In the two years since the election of reformist President Mohammad Khatami,
women have grown ever bolder in testing the bounds of the code, particularly
in the middle-class suburbs of north Tehran.
The code allows women to reveal only their hands and faces but more and more
women wear the obligatory Islamic headscarf far back on their heads and
replace the once obligatory loose-fitting gown with a three-quarter-length
coat.
Make-up and sandals without socks, long-banned by the Islamic regime, have
also made a reappearance. Student unrest has rocked Iran since a bloody
police crackdown Friday at Tehran university reportedly left five students
dead.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 12:54:40 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/AFP: Iran unrest spreads to provinces,
university closed down in protest

Iran unrest spreads to provinces, university closed down in protest
Iran - Sunday, 11 July 1999 - Agence France Presse

TEHRAN, July 11 (AFP) - Iranian students protested around the country Sunday
as a wave of unrest continued after a police crackdown at Tehran university
that reportedly left five dead and dozens more wounded or abducted by
police.
Students in the northeastern city of Mashhad rallied as 20,000 of their
comrades demonstrated in the streets of Tehran after Friday's bloody
confrontation, the official IRNA news agency said.
Students and faculty in Mashhad, Iran's second city and an important
religious site, gathered to "demand action against those responsible for the
recent violence in Tehran," IRNA said.
It said the faculty of arts and letters at the university had closed down
Sunday for two days to support the students. IRNA also reported student
protests had taken place Saturday in the central city of Esfahan, the
northwestern city of Tabriz and the northern town of Rasht.
Press reports said at least five people had been killed in Friday's violence
after police intervened in a demonstration at Tehran university to protest
the closure of a leading reformist newspaper.
Papers said dozens of students who had been wounded were taken from Tehran
hospitals by intelligence and security services and had disappeared.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 19:35:21 +0100
From: "a.abdi" <a.abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: students XXIII

thr 045
tehran university-condemnation
students welcome president khatami's stances on recent events
tehran, july 11, irna -- students holding a protest gathering at
tehran university dormitory welcomed on sunday president mohammad
khatami's stances on recent events as mentioned in his letter
to the culture and higher education mostafa moin.
the letter recommended people, especially college students to
avoide any tension and violence, saying that peace is the most basic
need of the country and an important prerequisite for political
development.
some of the protesting students interviewed with irna condemned
the agents behind the incidents and voiced their opposition to any
acts which may cause tension in the ranks of students.
one of the members of the office to foster unity told
the gathering of students that leaving the dormitory and taking
rallies onto the streets would be a step towards tension and blocking
the president's political development policy.
a college student from tehran javad madanizadeh said that
president khatami's stress on inquiry into all main causes of the
incident was the main demand of all students opposed to recent events
at the dormitory.
he thanked president khatami for his sympathy with students and
regretted the events and said students would strongly support
the political development policies of president khatami.
a student at the literature faculty of tehran university abbas
etqaie said that trial and punishment of those attacking students are
among other demands of all students.
he said that being fully aware of president khatami's efforts to
identify and arrest agents behind serial murders, the students are
confident that the president would realize his promise.
meanwhile, another student, akbar mohammadi-rad told irna that
the muslim students gathered at tehran university adhere to the
achievements of may 23 presidential elections and believe that
problems can be removed free from any violence by relying on president
khatami's emphasis on the rule of law.
furthermore, basij student department at tehran university and
medical sciences faculty of the university, the faculty of law and
political sciences, presiding board of shiraz university, the culture
and higher education commission of majlis, ayatollah yousef saneie, a
group of students of mashhad's ferdowsi university and khorasan
medical sciences university, isfahan's medical sciences university,
the central council of the islamic association of isfahan university
of technology, islamic associations of mohaqeq ardebil medical
sciences university, payam-e nour and azad universities in ardebil,
and college students in semnan, shahroud, yasouj (kohkilouyeh-
boyerahmad province) and hamedan in separate statements condemned the
events.
they called for identification, trial and punishment of those
behind the violent incidents.
bg/rr
end
::irna 11/07/99 19:46


thr 046
students-unrest
snsc says no student was killed in dorm incident
tehran, july 11, irna -- secretariart of the supreme national
security counci said in an official communique here sunday that no
student had been killed in the student unrest that started at tehran
dormitory thursday night.
the council that has been investigating the dorm incident and its
subsequent developments in tehran said sunday that only one conscript
soldier, ezzat ebrahimi-nezhad, who was visiting his friends at tehran
university dormitory on the night of the event had been killed.
the communique of the council said that all of the 200 students
who had been arrested in connection with the bloody incident had been
freed.
it said a shoot-out around midnight friday at which one security
guard, one student and another person were wounded seems somewhat
suspicious, and is being investigated.
the secretariat said contrary reports by all other sources
whatever are not true. it also called on all college students to abide
by the regulations of iran's interior ministry in all their future
assemblies.
hr/rr
more
::irna 11/07/99 20:09


thr 047
student-unrest, 2
future assemblies.
the supreme national security council said in its communique
the information ministry has been commissioned to conduct a query into
the incident and identify the people behind the bloody incident,
adding that seven people have so far been arrested for having
provoked the incident.
it also said brigadier general ahmadi and his assistant had been
found guilty in the incident and dismissed from service pending their
trial later on.
the communique also said that the commander of tehran law
enforcement headquarters had also proved incapable in the incident and
had been reprimanded.
the interior minister of iran also has been informed of the
results of investigations of the council and decisions.
hr/hm
end
::irna 11/07/99 21:09


thr 049
iran-salam
publisher of 'salam' standing trial for public charges
tehran, july 11, irna -- the public prosecutor of the special
spiritual court of tehran said here sunday that the publisher of
'salam' daily newspaper would shortly be brought to trial before a
jury for the press charges against him.
the indictment against him is on the basis of the public nature of
the press offense of the daily independent of the complaint of the
information ministry which the information minister dropped last week
in the interest of public peace and order.
rz/hm
end
::irna 11/07/99 22:47


thr 050
student-unrest
student demonstrations held in different iranian cities
tehran, july 11, irna -- groups of students in the universities
across the country in the cities of tabriz, shiraz, mashhad, esfahan
and hamadan on sunday held gatherings in which they condemned the
"recent assault of the law enforcement forces on the tehran university
dormitory".
during the gathering of students in the tabriz university campus,
some scuffles occured between students and another group. the scuffles
on sunday evening in which some were injured ended after the mediation
of some university officials.
elsewhere in mashhad, northeastern iran, a group of students of
ferdowsi university and medicine faculty on midday sunday gathered
protesting the recent event in the tehran university dorm.
in universities of esfahan, central iran, a similar protest
meeting was held on sunday. in a similar gathering in the southern
city of shiraz, a student representative annouced that showing
disrespect towards students is not tolerable.
a group of students in hamadan, western iran, in a protest
gathering called for the punishment of the perpetrators of the
dormitory event.
also in certain student unions in bandar abbas, zanjan, gorgan,
semnan, yasouj, shahroud, hamadan, shiraz, mashhad, esfahan, rasht,
maragheh, arak and tabriz, statements and communiques were issued in
condemnation of the incident and calling for the punishment of those
who have provoked the event.
hm/hm
end
::irna 11/07/99 22:50


thr 051
students-unrest
dorm assault not ordered by top law, order commanders- official
tehran, july 11, irna -- deputy commander of the law and order
brigadier general mohssen anssari said here today that a group of
officers who had raided tehran university students dorm thursday night
had done so without the order of their superior officer. he said two
sub-commanders of the law and order force of tehran who had been
found guilty for incapacity and for failing to control their
sub-officers had been reported to the secretariat of the supreme
national security council earlier on.
according to the law enforcement officer of tehran, a group of
tehran university students on thursday night staged a brief rally in
protest to the closing down of the persian daily 'salam' near their
dorm, and shortly returned to their place. at 04:00 hours friday
morning, he said, a group of the law enforcement officers entered the
dorm. in the dorm, the students held three officers captive while
other students hurled stones at the law enforcement officers outside
of the dorm. subsequently, a group of the law and order officers
entered the dorm to end the situation.
brigadier general mohsen anssari said the precinct of the
authority of the law and order force of northern tehran also includes
tehran university and its dorm.
he called on the people to forgive the act of the small group of
law and order forces who had ventured into that reaction without the
order of their superior officer, and also called on the print media in
iran to exercise every necessary caution for the accuracy of their
reports on the incident.
meanwhile, the culture and higher education commission of the
islamic consultative assembly (majlis) sunday condemned the tehran
niversity dorm incident thursday and friday and demanded that the
elements behind the incident be immediately identified and prosecuted.
head of tehran city council abdollah nouri, too, on sunday
deplored violent incidents of the two days reminding that the
islamic republic is truly democratic enough to tolerate the protest
outcries of a crowd of one hundred people who protest against the
closing down of a paper. he said all groups should have freedom enough
to offer their views and their feelings.
the iranian cabinet, meanwhile, on sunday deplored the thursday
and friday incident and expressed hope that pressure groups and
advocates of violent acts would be shortly identified and punished.
a number of cabinet members sunday paid visits to the tehran
university dorm and engaged in private talks with students.
the cabinet sunday condemned the bitter incident and also what it
said was the "breaking of the sanctity of learning and of the
university." cabinet ministers meanwhile, expressed hope that college
students would demonstrate respect to law and order at a level
exemplary for other sectors of the society.
hr/hm
end
::irna 11/07/99 22:57

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 20:53:38 +0100
From: "a.abdi" <a.abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: students XXIV

thr 054
national security-communique
snsc thanks students for observing law and order
tehran, july 11, irna -- in its third communique here sunday night,
the supreme national security council (snsc) thanked college students
for having observed law and order in their rallies sunday and for
having made it impossible for opportunists to exploit the occasion.
the secretariat of the supreme national security council said
every rally and demonstration would require an authorization (from the
interior ministry), and could be staged consistent with the laws in
effect in iran.
it said the secretariat was conducting a query into the incidents
of the past few days that had started at tehran university dormitory
thursday, and would inform the public accordingly.
hr/hm
end
::irna 11/07/99 23:58

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 15:15:24 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Student Movement: Military Putsch (?)

Student Movement Coordination Committee
Tehran/Iran

July 11th 1999

Based on different sources and facing a fast spread up of the protest
against the dictatorship;

The islamic republic is preparing a Military Putsch (Coup d'Etat) and has
ordered to its special military units called the Pasdaran divisions (The
Guardians of the Revolution) located in the cities of Ghazvin (About 300 Km
of the Capital) and Kermanshah (West of Iran) to start their move toward the
capital.

Based on these news, the regime dignitaries have put several officers of the
regular army forces under quarantine and in order to avoid any counter-coup
or the eventuality
of a support of the army for the people.

Other news are stating that while the pasdarans and bassidjis divisions
located already in the capital are preparing themselves to get out of their
garrisons and have received the permission to open fire;

The student Movement and big number of the population are preparing
themselves to resist
in the case of such attack.

Groups of people armed with Coktail Molotovs and ammunitions, hided from the
79 revolution, are becoming ready to stop the approach of the Gazvin and
Kermanshah's complementary

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