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Students tell of shootings, savage beatings in provinces

TEHRAN, Aug 3 (AFP) - Iranian students were shot and savagely beaten in Tabriz during last month's unrest, a student group said in Tuesday's press in the first detailed account of the disturbances in the northwestern city.

Tabriz university's Islamic students council told the Khordad paper that at least 15 people were shot, including three women, as demonstrations in Tehran in mid-July that sparked days of deadly riots spread to the provinces.

It said what began as a campus sit-in turned into a scene of bloodshed after police helped Islamic vigilantes attack other demonstrators oustide the gates of the school.

"The most incredible thing was that they accused the students of creating disturbances in streets surrounding the school when everyone could see that we were surrounded and couldn't leave the campus," a council spokesman said.

He said some 80 people had already been injured by stones, clubs and knives when security forces began opening fire into the crowd.

He said as people began fleeing the gunshots into the campus, armed gangs stormed the gates and opened fire again, shooting 15 people, including three female students.

Islamic militants then locked themselves in a school building, ripped the clothes off students and beat them for hours, the council said. It said other vigilantes went to a local hospital and abducted those who had been wounded by gunfire.

The council statement was the first detailed account of the Tabriz unrest, which Iranian authorities had already acknowledged left one person dead.

In Tehran one person was killed and three wounded, according to official figures, though moderate papers said at least five were killed and dozens wounded, many of whom they said were later abducted from Tehran hospitals by the secret police.

Iranian authorities are due this week to release a final report on the unrest, the worst here since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

More than 1,400 people were arrested in connection with the disturbances, including student leaders and prominent opposition figures, and authorities have said some of those released will be re-arrested when the investigation is complete.

Press reports Tuesday said the Iranian judiciary has approved draft legislation that could in effect outlaw almost all forms of political criticism of the regime, including public demonstrations.


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