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DATE=9/14/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=IRAN CLASHES REPORT (L)
NUMBER=2-266494
BYLINE=SCOTT BOBB
DATELINE=CAIRO
CONTENT=
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INTRO: In Iran, a judicial investigation of last
month's unrest in the western city of Khorramabad
blames the violence on students and an ally of
President Mohammed Khatami. But Tehran's national
security council says the report is misleading and
incorrect. We hear more from Correspondent Scott Bobb
in V-O-A's Middle East Bureau.

TEXT: The Iranian News Agency quotes the security
council as saying the report is filled with flaws, and
not consistent with the facts. It contends the
inspectors criticize certain bodies that had no role
in the unrest.

The security council, which is chaired by a close
collaborator of President Mohammed Khatami, says it
will launch its own investigation into the violence in
Khorramabad.

The report by six inspectors from the conservative-
dominated Iranian judiciary blames student
organizations for the unrest, in which one policeman
was killed and dozens of people were injured.

The report criticized a deputy interior minister who
heads a committee on student affairs, and it called
for the dismissal of two deputy governors in
Khorramabad.

The violence last month was sparked when conservative
vigilante groups prevented two reformist
parliamentarians from speaking to a national
conference of student leaders.

Protests by the students led to clashes and
cancellation of the conference. Buses returning
students to their homes were attacked and the students
beaten. The provincial governor was struck by a rock
while attending the funeral for the slain police
officer.

The judiciary report blames students for going ahead
with their conference after receiving warnings of
possible violence. It charges provincial officials
encouraged students to take to the streets.

But the report does not identify those responsible for
attacks on student buses, or the attack on the
governor.

Student leaders have denied the charges. The Iranian
Parliament, which is controlled by reformists, has
launched its own inquiry into the incident.

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Iranian observers say the latest development is part
of a power struggle between conservatives who are
close to Iran's supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, and students and reformist leaders allied
with President Khatami.

Reformists control parts of the executive branch and
took control of Parliament in elections last February.

Conservatives dominate Iran's judiciary and security
services. In recent months they have closed more than
two-dozen reformist newspapers and imprisoned a number
of editors and publishers, as the political climate
heats up prior to presidential elections next year.
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Source: Voice of America
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