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Rowhani orders release of all students detained in Iran protests

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 Rowhani orders release of all students detained in Iran protests
Rowhani orders release of all students detained in Iran protests

1 Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has ordered the release of all students detained in the wave of anti-establishment protests in Iran, Science Minister Mansour Gholami said on Wednesday.

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2 “After consultations with the interior minister and head of the secret service, the president has ordered the release of all students within 24 to 48 hours,” he said.

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3 Up to 3,700 protesters may have been put behind bars following the demonstrations in cities across Iran.

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4 The exact number of students among those detained is unclear, however, reports said that they are more than 100.

5 Meanwhile, judiciary authorities reportedly want to ban social media, after members of the government and religious establishment blamed the recent deadly protests on foreign powers.

6 The decision is particularly directed at two messaging apps that have not been banned in the country: Telegram and Instagram.

7 “These media don’t only distribute content opposed to the country’s interior security, but also opposed to Islamic values.

8 “These apps can’t be controlled and therefore have to be blocked entirely,” Vice General Prosecutor Abdol-Samad Khorramsbadi said.

9 The government opposed the move, but does not have the say in the matter.

10 Using social media, demonstrators has organised rallies across Iran since Dec. 28, protesting economic issues, Tehran’s Middle East policies and the country’s religious establishment.

11 A total of 18 demonstrators were killed in the unrest.

12 Some Iranian leaders, such as supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have accused Iran’s enemies, including the U.S. and Israel, of fomenting the protests.

13 Government hardliners want to entirely take control of the internet, while the government of the reformist president is strictly against the measure.

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15 Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
(NAN)

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