Iran Police Clash with Protesters, Several Wounded

Published November 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iranian police clashed with protesters after a ceremony marking the second anniversary of the assassination of a nationalist political leader and his wife, AFP reporter said. 

Several people were wounded in the clashes, which erupted outside a central Tehran mosque and spread to neighboring streets after some 300 young people began chanting slogans against "despotism" in Iran. 

Police intervened to break up the protesters, setting off the showdown, but the remainder of the roughly 3,000 people attending the service in memory of Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar exited peacefully. 

The couple were assassinated in their Tehran apartment in late 1998 amid a string of murders of dissidents and intellectuals that were later blamed on "rogue" agents of the intelligence ministry. 

The ministry admitted there had been rogue agents but denied that its top officials had any connection to the wave of killings, which sparked protests in Tehran and abroad. 

The man said to be behind the murders, Said Emami, was reported to have committed suicide in prison – TEHRAN (AFP) 



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