Monday, December 09, 2002

Reuters: "Students have staged almost daily gatherings demanding the release of political dissidents as well as major political reforms in a country where President Mohammad Khatami's efforts to improve democracy and social freedoms have been blocked by powerful conservatives at the heart of the state.
An opinion poll by the Iran Student Polling Centre published in the Etemad newspaper on Monday found that 78 percent of Tehran citizens thought Khatami should take a tougher line with his political adversaries.
The poll also found that 47.5 percent thought Khatami's reform programme would fail."


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