Iran Parliament Mounts Probe into Khorramabad Unrest
Iran's reformist-dominated parliament ordered Wednesday an inquiry into violent unrest in the western city of Khoramabad sparked after conservatives physically barred two leading reformists from speaking there.
The parliamentary investigation was in addition to others already launched by various organs of the state including the Supreme National Security Council, the interior ministry, the education ministry, the judiciary, the police, Revolutionary Guards and the volunteer Basiji Islamic militia.
These last two are accused by the student Office to Consolidate Unity (OCU) of organizing the mob which stopped Abdolkarim Sorush and Mohsen Kadivar, two leading critics of the clerical regime, from entering Khoramabad to address an OCU conference there.
The incident sparked off days of violence at the end of last month that left one person dead and dozens wounded, including both students and police officers.
Banks and public buildings were damaged and scores of people reportedly arrested in the worst unrest in Iran since six days of riots last year after vigilantes and security forces attacked protesting students in Tehran.
Reformists have hinted the troubles were orchestrated in a campaign to undermine President Mohammad Khatami's reform movement in the run-up to next year's presidential elections - TEHRAN (AFP)
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