Iran universities seek vigilante violence probe
TEHRAN, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Chancellors from five Iranian universities
have demanded a thorough inquest into last month's vigilante violence against
the pro-reform student movement, the official IRNA news agency said on
In an appeal to the minister of higher education, the chancellors demanded
that those behind the attacks be identified and brought to justice, the
Dozens of students at a conference in the western city of Khorramabad
were injured, some seriously, when Islamic vigilantes broke up their annual
meeting, setting off several days of violence.
A police sergeant was killed and four policemen were injured and the
local governor, appointed by the moderate interior minister, was taken
to hospital after a severe beating.
``Although universities are following up the issue...its breadth makes
a thorough probe necessary in order to prevent similar incidents from happening
in the future,'' the chancellors said.
They singled out an attack in the city of Borujerd on a bus carrying
students home from the aborted conference, saying it was clearly a well-planned
Student leaders say the bus attack and earlier incidents in and around
the conference in Khorramabad were carried out with the help of the security
forces, including elite Revolutionary Guards.
A Guards spokesman has denied the allegations.
Among the signatories to the appeal was the chancellor of Ferdowsi University,
in Mashhad, home of the students attacked and beaten in Borujerd.
The collapse of the student conference marked the latest blow to Iran's
reform movement, already staggering under the mass closure of its newspapers
and journals by the conservative judiciary.