Iranian clerics fear the people, ban street demonstrations

"Iran today banned street protests to mark the fourth anniversary of a bloody raid by hardliners on a university dormitory in an apparent bid to prevent any repeat of similar clashes that rocked Tehran last week."

"In a bid to pacify angry students, government spokesperson Abdollah Ramezanzadeh also demanded that the judiciary, which is dominated by hardline clerics, punish the vigilantes who raided two Tehran university dormitories 10 days ago, injuring more than 50 students."

"...Last year, thousands of Iranians demonstrated to mark the anniversary despite a similar government ban, triggering clashes that saw anti-riot police and vigilantes break up protests and arrest several people."


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