Iran Unleashes Fury On Its Protesters

Ed. Note: Apparently, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad think it’s fine for Egyptians to voice complaints but, as we saw after the contested election in 2009, when Iranians start to protest, they’re beaten like Persian rugs.

In Iran, thousands of opposition supporters defied a government ban and gathered at Tehran’s Azadi Square today, chanting, “Death to dictators.”

At least one person was killed and several others wounded during clashes with security forces firing rubber bullets, tear gas, and beating demonstrators with batons. Dozens were detained as they rallied in support of uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

The fiercest clashes were reported close to Azadi Square in the capital, and ambulances were seen coming and going. Witnesses told the Associated Press that at least three protesters were wounded by bullets, with dozens of others beaten by the security forces and taken to hospital.

The BBC reports sources saying similar protests are being held in the cities of Isfahan, Mashhad and Shiraz.

Earlier, the police placed opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi under house arrest, according to his website.

It said the move was intended to prevent the former prime minister attending the march in Tehran, which the authorities had prohibited. The road leading to Mr Mousavi’s house was also blocked by police vans.

Another opposition leader, former speaker of parliament and a senior cleric, Mehdi Karroubi, is reported to be under de-facto house arrest.

Mr. Mousavi’s website,, said that “hundreds of protesters” had been arrested.

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