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We are here to tell America that we will not surrender, we will never give up our rights and we are against all sanctions  

— Hardline students in Iran, demanding on the streets of Teheran on Sunday their government not cave to Western pressures, as negotiators from Iran and the West tried to hammer out a nuclear deal on the eve of a self-imposed deadline.
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