Sit-in by 2,000 Tehran University students enters its sixth day

Since Thursday, July 2, more than 2,000 Tehran University students have staged a sit-in at their dormitory in North-Amirabad street in the capital.

Protesting the regime's repressive policies and the appalling living conditions, they called for the dissolution of the University's students' affairs council which is dominated by university officials. They demanded the formation of an independent council by the students and the replacement of Tehran University's government-appointed chancellor.

Monday, July 6, students refused to go to the university's dining hall. Security forces and Intelligence Ministry agents attacked and beat them up. The Intelligence Ministry has arrested at least five students so far.

In another development, toward the end of last week, around 1,000 people living in the impoverished Hajifilo region and surrounding areas in the city of Orumieh, capital of the northwestern province of West Azerbaijan, clashed with the State Security Forces and the para-military Bassij from the city's seventh district.

The clash was over efforts by State Security Forces to disperse the crowd who had held a gathering to protest against the mullahs' repressive polices.

Five teenagers were arrested and one security agent severely injured. The clashes which began at 9:00 p.m. lasted for several hours. Fearing the growing crowd, the State Security Forces fled the scene.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 8, 1998

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