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hanians clash over
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Religious
zealots clashed yesterday with
thousands of demonstrators opposed to
the government's controversial new
press law. Islamic revolutionary guar-
ds fired their weapons into the air to
Elsewhere, Iranian workers released
unharmed three Americans and 14
other foreigners who work for a U.S.
construction firm after holding them
hostage for 12 hours. Western
diplomatic sources said the foreigners,
employees of the Morrison-Knudson
engineering company based in Boise,
Idaho, were held at a construction
campsite 25 miles west of Tehran in a
dispute over severance pay.
WESTERN SOURCES reporting the
release of the hostages said they were
not subjected to "any physical violence
whatsoever." The sources said they
couldn't provide the names of those in-
volved, but said they were resting at a
guest house inan undisclosed location.
Several persons were injured slightly
in fighting in the capital after the anti-
government protesters, led by officials
of the leftist-oriented National
Democratic Front, gathered outside the
offices of the newspaper Ayandegan,
which was closed Tuesday under the
new press law.
"We want freedom of expression,"
the crowd chanted. "We did not give
our blood to be censored again."
THE NEWSPAPER'S offices were
closed in the first enforcement of the
press law. The government also
arrested 13 Ayandegan employees,
charging editors and publishers had
published articles critical of the
press restriction law
Islamic regime of the Ayatollah its sharpest attacks on the ne-
Ruhollah Khomeini. the newspaper published an
As about 5,000 protesters marched directly attacking Sadeq Gh
toward Tehran University, hundreds of the general director of state
Khomeini supporters trailed behind television. The broadcast
them. Revolutionary guards fired their known to have Khomeini's sup
automatic weapons into the air as small In other developments:
groups engaged in fist fights. No one * Two persons were killed
was hit by the gunfire. were injured in the northwest
The press law, first enforced Tabriz when revolutionary gu
Tuesday, calls for indefinite suspension to disarm opposing men with
of publications critical of the gover- official Pars news agency
nment or Iranian religious leaders. Two persons believed respo
THE SATIRICAL weekly magazine the shooting were arrested, P
Ahangar also was ordered to stop ' The state radio said six m
publishing. Four other publications deposed Shah Mohamm,
which used Ayandegan's presses have Pahlavi's SAVAK secret po
been left withoukprinting facilities, and. executed. The executions brot
other closings were anticipated. the number of persons shot
The political-social weekly, Tehran squads since Khomeini's for
Mossavar, could be on the list. In one of the shah's regime in February
ern city of
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