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Iran Said To Continue Crackdown

July 22, 1999

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ An Iranian pro-democracy student group accused authorities today of continuing arrests, beatings and forced confessions, despite official statements that political detentions had stopped.

The Council of Student Protesters, which speaks for pro-democracy demonstrators who earlier this month staged six days of protests, said in a statement that ``a wave of arrests″ had begun after a crackdown on the demonstrations.

``Some people have been arrested merely for being students. After being interrogated for hours, they were beaten and forced to sign confessions blindfolded,″ the group said in the statement published in the Hamshahri daily, seen on the Internet in Dubai.

The group added that seven of its own members and students belonging to other university organizations were missing and believed to be held by security forces.

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said earlier this week that students arrested in connection with the unrest who were not identified as members of subversive groups had all been released. Authorities said 750 of the 1,200 people arrested have been released.

Police and hard-line vigilantes stormed a Tehran University dormitory July 9 to put down a peaceful rally against hard-liners in the Islamic government, touching off protests and clashes with police. At least three people were killed in the raid and the protests, which spread to eight other major cities.

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