07/26/2008, 00.00
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Repression of students resumes in Tehran, many young people arrested

The campaign of intimidation has begun in conjunction with the anniversary of the 1999 protest. There are special concerns over the fact that some of those imprisoned are accused of actions "against national security".

Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Iranian students continue to be a concern for the regime of the mullahs. This can be gathered from the charge presented by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, which reveals the arrests over the past two weeks of more than 20 university students, 17 of whom are still in jail.

Those arrested are human rights activists, and the campaign against them was begun on July 8, the anniversary of the massive student protest in 1999, which rocked the more extreme wing of the regime.

"After 10 years of repression", says a spokesman for the group that follows the status of human rights in the Islamic Republic, "the authorities are still not willing to acknowledge the legitimate rights of student activists and their organizations". The latest arrests, according to the organization, are clearly part of a campaign "orchestrated to silence and intimidate the academic community". Concern has been increased by the fact that some of those arrested have been accused of actions "against national security", and some have been taken to the notorious section 209 of the prison of Evin.

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