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Iranian students call for boycott over liberal cleric's arrest

TEHRAN, March 10 (AFP) - Iranian university students called for a boycott of classes Wednesday to protest the arrest of popular liberal cleric Mohsen Kadivar.

The Students' Unity Movement called on students across the capital not to attend classes as a show of solidarity with Kadivar, who was jailed last month by order of Iran's powerful Supreme Court for Clergy (SCC) for spreading propaganda "hostile" to the Islamic republic.

"If Kadivar remains in prison, we will take other actions," the group said in a statement to the Zan newspaper.

Hundreds of students demonstrated at Tehran university on Sunday to protest the detention of Kadivar, an outspoken critic of the regime whose case has sparked widespread public outrage.

But some 12 other demonstrations around the nation were called off amid concerns the protests would overshadow Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's historic visit to Italy which began Tuesday.


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