Before Monday's protests, Iran clamps down on students

The students say that authorities have cracked down at campuses nationwide to prevent the demonstrations from becoming widespread and that students recruited by the progovernment Basij militiamen are informing on classmates suspected of being pro-opposition troublemakers.

On Thursday police warned of a tough response if demonstrators try to move outside campuses onto streets. "Any gathering or ceremony outside the designated places will be considered illegal and police will take necessary steps," a statement said.

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