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MKO supporters protest in Hague


Sept 7, THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Thousands of Iranian refugees and dissidents marched in The Hague today to denounce Tehran's clerical regime and rally support for the pro-democracy movement in Iran.

Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran made speeches, chanted and waved Iranian flags outside the Parliament building before marching through the streets. Organizers said up to 8,000 protesters took part; police, who said there was no violence, put the number closer to 3,000.

Banners, projection screens and publicity stands filled the square in front of Parliament, where protesters shouted slogans against the Iranian government and handed out leaflets citing alleged executions, torture and other human rights abuses in Iran.

``We want the Dutch government to end support for the Iranian regime and boycott trade with them,'' said Vajihe Nabavian, a former teacher who left Iran over a decade ago. She said she came to the Netherlands after she was jailed for protesting the slayings of 16 of her students.

The protest coincided with today's launch of a Dutch government review of its foreign policy with Iran. A delegation of exiled Iranian resistance leaders met with the chairman of the committee conducting the review.


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