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Iran police disperse pro-reformists - witness

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian police dispersed about 250 pro-reform protesters on Thursday who were marking the 10th anniversary of an attack on Tehran University’s student dormitory by hardline Basij militia, a witness said.

“They were about 250 people who shouted in favour of (defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein) Mousavi and made the victory sign. Police dispersed them,” said the witness, who asked not to be named.

Iran police chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam said on Wednesday the force had received no requests for any gatherings on Thursday to mark the student unrest in 1999, sparked by the Tehran University dormitory attack.

He said any gathering would be strongly confronted by police.

Other witnesses said police had a heavy presence in some other squares.

Official results of the June 12 presidential election showing hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won by a landslide triggered days of mass street protests by supporters of defeated candidate Mousavi, a moderate who says the vote was rigged.