Mass arrests in Iran: Dozens of students arrested


Published in “Der Standard” (Austria) on November 25, 2009

Human rights groups report on massive confrontation of university students prior to the Iranian National Student Day on 7. December.
London – According to reports of a human rights group, mass arrests of students are going on as the National Student Day is approaching. The state is massively confronting students in order to prevent the protests that are expected for December 7. This was reported by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in London on Wednesday. The arrests are not only a violation of the young peoples’ human rights, but they also affect their studies and their family lives.

60 students arrested
Arrests and suspensions of students from universities are also reported by oppositional Iranian websites. So far 60 student leaders have been arrested, according to the reformist website Norooz. Iran regularly dismisses accusations of human rights violations.

Opposition groups accuse the state of having rigged the presidential elections of June 12 in favor of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which the government denies. Because they are prevented from staging their own demonstrations, the reformist powers have called on their supporters to participate in the official rallies on occasion of the Student Day on 7. December.

On November 4, during the rallies commemorating the 30th anniversary of the occupation of the US embassy in Tehran, security forces clashed with supporters of the defied presidential candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi.

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