Iran prepares for Students Day protests

Tehran, Iran (CNN)

-- Iranian authorities warned of crackdowns as they tried to head off possible protests Monday, when the country marks Students Day -- the anniversary of the 1953 killing of three university students by security forces.

Authorities prepared for public gatherings that could turn into demonstrations against the June 12 elections, in which hardline incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the overwhelming winner.

The heavily disputed results led to protests nationwide and the jailing of hundreds of demonstrators. Charges of torture, rape and other abuses have since emerged from those jailed.

The Iranian government initially denied such accusations. But state media reported in August that authorities had fired and arrested the chief of an Iranian jail that was closed amid allegations of mistreatment of detainees.

Ongoing prosecutions of protesters also have resulted in sentences that have included death.

The Iranian government restricts the activity of journalists in Iran, making it difficult for news organizations to independently obtain or confirm information.

Members of the foreign media were forbidden from Monday through Wednesday to even go out and watch any possible protests stemming from Students Day, said the Ministry of Culture.

The Iranian security forces command congratulated the nation ... >>>

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