In the Philippines, 89 Iranian students who were detained by the military following unruly behaviour during a demonstration last week, have been released.
In the Philippines, 89 Iranian students who were detained by the military following unruly behaviour during a demonstration last week, have been released. Following their release -- ordered by President Marcos after they had staged a hunger strike protest in prison -- the Iranians agreed to sign a written apology to the Philippine government, and then applied for immigration study visas. More than 3,000 Iranians are currently studying in the Philippines.
SYNOPSIS: The detained Iranians were just part of a group of more than 1,000 who took part in violent anti-Shah demonstrations last week. The Iranians, mostly students were calling for an Islamic republic in their country, and had marched in defiance of a six-year Philippines martial law ban on demonstrations. Following their imprisonment and subsequent release they were ordered to report to immigration officials in manila where they completed study application visas. They also agreed to sign a written apology for their actions, stating they had no grievance with the Philippine government.
President marcos's decision to release the Iranians and to permit them to continue their studies in the Philippines, followed an appeal from the Iranian embassy. They had been destined for deportation, but were reprieved for what the government called "humanitarian reasons".