6/22/03 Some 166 Iranian MPs voice outrage at brutal treatment of students
Some 166 members of parliament on Sunday expressed outrage at 'brutal treatment of students' by the lawless plainclothes men and at the same time called on students to be careful about infiltration of suspicious elements into their ranks, IRNA reported from Tehran.
P> They said in a statement that effective and sustainable reform calls for safeguarding law and order so that the students should respect them in the protest demonstrations.
The statement said that sometimes small demonstrations for a specific demand turns to a crisis in the absence of necessary means to criticize the political system and lack of attention to the people's democratic demands.
The student movement has displayed maturity and managed to distinguish between lawful methods and adventurism, the statement said.
The MPs condemned the attack on Allameh Tabatabaei University dormitory and said that the attackers proved their hostile attitude toward the students.
They also complained against the arrest of students and political activists who support the reform program of President Mohammad Khatami.
Political rallies usually take place in the academic centers every year on July 8 in support of the reform movement.
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