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Sunday, September 12, 1999 Published at 10:27 GMT

World: Middle East

The protests which shook Iran: Special Report

The full implications of the protests which shook Iran in July 1999 will take time to emerge. BBC News Online's special coverage looks at what lay behind the most serious unrest in the country since the Islamic revolution of 1979:

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Khatami at the crossroads
The student demonstrations which erupted in July could prove disastrous for President Khatami's reforms, writes Middle East correspondent Jim Muir

  The BBC's Jon Leyne: "The direction of Iran is at stake"
  The BBC's Middle East correspondent Jim Muir: "Most serious clashes of their kind"

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Who's who in Iran
Read about the key players - from moderates to traditionalists.

  President Khatami's speech (in Farsi): "What happened in the students' quarters was a bitter event"
  Jim Muir: "Popular support for reforms"

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All eyes on Tehran
The disturbances in Iran could have repercussions beyond its borders, writes Diplomatic Correspondent Barnaby Mason.

  Head of the BBC's Persian Service Baqr Moin: "Khatami's reforms will be helped if students stay within the law"

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