TEHRAN (Reuters) - Gunshots were heard in the early hours of Monday morning near a Tehran university dormitory that has been the focal point of six nights of pro-democracy protests, a Reuters witness said.
Hardline Islamic vigilantes, some carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles and wearing bullet-proof vests, patrolled the streets near the campus, which were clogged with thousands of cars carrying people trying to take part in the protests.
"I heard three gunshots quite clearly," a Reuters correspondent at the scene said.
"Immediately after the gunshots some of these hard-liners jumped on their motorbikes and headed in the direction of the (sound of the) shots."
The protesters have vented most of their anger at conservative clerics who control the key elements of power in Iran.
But they have also lambasted the reformist government of moderate President Mohammad Khatami and his allies who control parliament, accusing them of failing to deliver change after six years in office.
President Bush has praised the demonstrators, saying on Sunday their protests were a positive step toward freedom.
Iran has accused the United States, its arch-foe, of interfering in its affairs and exaggerating the demonstrations' importance.
Bush should be a big pain in the ass to the Government of Iran.