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          Title Iran orders probe into attack on students
          Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
          Country IsLamic RepubLic of Iran
          Publication Date 17 June 2009
          Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Iran orders probe into attack on students, 17 June
          2009, avaiLabLe at: http: //www. unhcr.org/refworLd/docid/4a4leOf8a. htmL [ accessed 19
          October 2009]
          Iran orders probe into attack on students
          June 17, 2009
          TEHRAN (Reuters) — Iran's Interior Ministry has ordered an
          investigation into an attack on university students, which
          they say was carried out by Islamic militia and police.
          Iran's English-Language Press TV said the ministry had “called
          on Tehran's governor's office to identify those involved” in
          the June 14 incident. It did not make clear whether the
          ministry itself would also look into it.
          It came a day after Iran's influential speaker of parliament,
          Mi Larijani, condemned the attack on the dormitory of
          The Tehran University dorm after the attack by
          security forces on June 14. Tehran University.
          One student activist who declined to be named told Reuters
          on June 16 that four students — three men and one woman — were killed during the violence.
          Tehran University Chancellor Farhad Rahbar denied anyone had been killed, the students news
          agency ISNA reported.
          The incident took place during widespread street unrest sparked by official results showing hard-line
          President Mahmud Ahmadinejad won a landslide against moderate Mir Hossein Musavi in last week's
          election.
          Thousands of students have joined protests against what they say was a rigged vote, a charge
          dismissed by the authorities. Anti-Ahmadinejad demonstrators and riot police have clashed in the
          capital Tehran and elsewhere.
          Hundreds of students staged a sit-in protest for a second day on June 17 against the dormitory
          attack and suspected election irregularities, an activist told Reuters.
          Press TV said the Tehran governor's office had also been told to “deal with complaints” made by the
          students.
          Iran's most prominent university has traditionally been a hotbed of dissent, before and after the
          1979 Islamic Revolution.
          Larijani, a conservative who has been critical of Ahmadinejad in the past, said on June 16 the
          Interior Ministry should be held accountable for the university incident, as it was in charge of
          security.
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          He did not say who had carried out the attack, but students told Reuters members of the religious
          Basij militia and plainclothes policemen did it.
          Basij is a volunteer paramilitary force fiercely loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who
          has the final say on all matters of state in Iran.
          During the past three days of violence, police have accused “bandits” of setting buses on fire,
          breaking windows of banks and other buildings, and damaging public property.
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