UPDATE 1-Iran reformist arrested, students held

Thu Dec 9, 2010 3:37pm GMT

* Reformist arrested for anti-state "propaganda"

* Students held after Tuesday protests still detained

* Anniversary of cleric's death may attract opposition

(Releads with arrest of reformist)

TEHRAN, Dec 9 (Reuters) - A prominent Iranian reformist was arrested on Thursday and five students were reported detained following anti-government protests, in the latest moves against opponents of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ali Shakourirad, a leading member of Iran's biggest pro-reform party, the Participation Front, was arrested and accused of propaganda against the system, the student news agency ISNA reported.

The arrests of students, activists and reporters in recent days shows the state is still ready to clamp down on dissent a year and a half after Ahmadinejad's re-election sparked the biggest street unrest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

ISNA said Shakourirad had been arrested for making up lies about Islamic Republic and after he falsely quoted the head of the judiciary in comments that appeared on websites.

The arrest came two days after scattered small-scale protests at universities across Iran on Tuesday to mark "students day".   Continued...

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