Iran: August 31, 2000

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.The violence apparently began in Khoramabad when two pro-reform speakers flew in and were blocked at the airport by conservatives. This mobilized the many pro-reformers in the city and days of street battles followed. Meanwhile, Afghan drug smugglers in the east have tried something new, kidnapping local villagers (eight of them) and demanding ransom ($25,000 in this case.).

 

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