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Story Publication logo June 19, 2007

Iran Clamps Down on Dissent


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On the surface, Iran is simply a theocracy in a standoff with the United States. But access to the...


Iran is cracking down on people it suspects of being dissidents. For the past few months, authorities have rounded up students, activists and women who dress immodestly. Observers say the government is trying to divert attention from Iran's most pressing concern, its growing economic crisis.

The World's Jessie Graham reports from Tehran.

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Pictured: Robab Moqueise, and two of her daughters. She says she's frustrated with rising inflation and she blames the faltering economy on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, even though she voted for him in 2005.

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