چهارشنبه ۹ فروردین ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۲۰:۴۴
UPRISING ANNIVERSARY: Security Forces Close Universities to Prevent Rallies
In order to prevent impromptu rallies on the anniversary of the July 8, 1999 police attack on Tehran university student dorms, the security forces, deployed in great numbers in northern Tehran, have almost forced the universities to close. In the final hours of Wednesday, a day before the anniversary, student groups have been convinced that no permit for rallies, on or off campus, would be issued. Reza Delbari, member of the central council of the association of the Islamic student councils (Dafter-e Tahkim-e Vahdat), tells Radio Farda that in addition to banning commemoration rallies, the authorities at the supreme national security council and the interior ministry have enforced a news black-out on student activists, preventing the domestic press from printing any article about the anniversary. Most universities closed their gates on Wednesday afternoon, he adds.