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Iran Students Rally for Free Speech, Prisoners

Around 1,000 pro-reform students rallied in the Iranian capital Sunday calling for freedom of speech and the release of political prisoners, witnesses said. The protesters in Tehran chanted “Free all political prisoners” and “Death to despotism” on the annual Student Day, which marks the death of three students during a protest against then U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon’s Iran visit in 1953. Students have been at the forefront of protests against the Islamic Republic’s clerical establishment in recent years, often clashing with hard-line vigilantes loyal to conservative clerics opposed to any watering down of Iran’s Islamic system. Dozens of students have been arrested during major street protests in recent years. Under tight police security, protesters inside the Tehran University campus Sunday carried pictures of their jailed classmates. Full Story

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