Saturday, September 19, 2009

Iran Security Forces Clash With Opposition Protesters

"Tens of thousands of Iranian government supporters and dozens of opposition activists poured out Friday onto the streets of Tehran for coinciding marches marking an annual pro-Palestinian commemoration.

Iran security forces clashed with supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and arrested at least 10 of them during the rallies, Reuters reported a witness as saying.

"Security forces just arrested over 10 people," the witness said." They are pushing protesters and beating them."

At least two protesters were reported injured.

A group of Iranian hard-liners also attacked a reformist former president while he was marching with opposition supporters.

A reformist Web site cites witnesses as saying the attackers pushed ex-President Mohammad Khatami to the ground. It says opposition activists rescued him and quickly repelled the assailants.

Khatami has sided with the opposition in the post-election crisis that has gripped Iran. Another reformist Webs site says his turban was disheveled and he was forced to leave the march.

Opposition supporters gathered despite warnings by the clerical establishment against anti-government rallies. There has not been a mass opposition demonstration since mid-July, when authorities cracked down heavily on the opposition.

Baton-totting police and security troops, along with the pro-government Basij militia that helped crush mass street protests this summer against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election, were deployed along main squares and boulevards."

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