A group of conservative Iranian hard-liners attacked a student protest in Tehran today (Monday) after a speaker made a remark apparently critical of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
The clash, on the campus of Amir Kabir University, happened at a rally of about 15-hundred students who were demanding political reforms in the Islamic republic.
The speaker said Iranians are "paying the price of our fathers' mistakes." A group of hard-liners then rushed the podium, broke the microphone, and attacked students with sticks and pepper spray. Students fought back, and at least two people were injured.
On Saturday, police used clubs and teargas to break up another pro-reform rally outside Tehran University. Authorities said about 60 people were arrested at that demonstration.
Students across Iran have staged numerous protests since a court sentenced a leading dissident professor to death. Hashem Aghajari was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death for questioning the authority of Iran's Islamic leaders.
The country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has ordered Iran's judiciary to review the case. Mr. Aghajari's lawyer filed a last-minute appeal on behalf his client last week.