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Islamic fundamentalists clash with Tehran university students

TEHRAN, May 25 (AFP) - Groups of Islamic fundamentalists clashed with several hundred pro-reform students during a political gathering at Tehran university on Tuesday, witnesses said.

The gathering, which took place inside the university campus, was in "defence of political prisoners and freedom."

Student supporters of moderate President Mohammad Khatami called for the release of jailed liberal cleric Mohsen Kadivar, a Khatami ally condemned last month to 18 months in prison for "misleading public opinion."

The students also called for the release of Abbas Amir-Entezam, a former spokesman of the provisional government of Mehdi Bazargan who has been detained since the 1980s on charges of spying for the United States.

Slogans in favor of Mohammad Mosadeq, a head of government during the 1950s who remains a symbol of liberal nationalism in Iran, were also chanted.

On Sunday, fundamentalist militants attacked a gathering of some 8,000 students here held to mark the second anniversary of Khatami's election as president, injuring several students.


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