Jailed Pro-Reform Newspaper Editors Launch Hunger-Strike to Mark student Unrest

Published July 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Three jailed reformist Iranian newspaper editors will stage a hunger strike to mark the first anniversary of a violent police assault on a Tehran University, the government-run Iran paper reported Wednesday. 

"Ezatollah Sahabi, Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, and Latif Safari, who are serving a prison sentence following the recent suspension of their papers, have announced that they will perform a political fasting on Friday and Saturday to mark the anniversary of the unrest," the paper said. 

According to the paper, the men are also striking to protest the "judiciary's failure in attending to all the cases involved in the unrest, but also to pay respect to all the victims of the catastrophe and as a sign of solidarity and sympathy" with all the people involved. 

On Monday, pro-reform Iranian students said they will mark the anniversary by handing out flowers at major intersections throughout the capital. 

The peaceful protest is being termed "reforms with a smile," said representatives of two student organizations, the Office for Consolidation and Unity and the Islamic Student Organization. 

The police storming of a Tehran University dormitory last July, where students were protesting at the closure by the courts of a pro-reform newspaper, triggered three days of widespread unrest that left at least three dead and many injured. 

Former Tehran police chief, Farhad Nazari, and 19 other officers were tried for their role in the attack. 

The trial, a first of its kind since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, ended in May and the verdict is expected Tuesday - TEHRAN (AFP) 


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