Iran Police Arrest Tehran University Students at Peaceful Rally

Published July 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iranian anti-riot police arrested a number of student demonstrators Saturday when they intervened to disperse a rally in the campus of Tehran University, reported AFP.  

Witnesses said at least three students were detained by the police and security agents in civilian clothes, who were attempting to break up a peaceful rally commemorating the first anniversary of the outbreak of violent clashes between student protestors and police last July, said AFP. 

On Friday, Iranian students said they will hand out flowers in Tehran's streets and light candles to commemorate last year's bloody raid on the campus -- a peaceful plan praised by a key hard-line politician, reported The Associated Press.  

One student was killed and scores were injured on July 9th, 1999 in a pre-dawn raid on the campus.  

The raid by hard-line security forces and vigilantes came hours after students rallied against the banning of a liberal newspaper.  

It triggered six days of nationwide protests by tens of thousands of students. 

It was the worst unrest in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, said the AP - (Several Sources) 

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