Iran security forces 'clash with protesters'
Friday 18 September 2009
Iran security forces clashed with supporters of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi and arrested at least 10 of them during annual anti-Israel rallies in central Tehran today, a witness said.
"Security forces just arrested over 10 people," the witness said. "They are pushing protesters and beating them."
Iranian authorities, including Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had warned the opposition against turning anti-Israel rallies to street protests against the clerical establishment.
Defeated presidential candidates Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi said they would attend the rally.
Thousands of supporters of Mousavi, wearing green wristbands or shawls, were among the crowds marching in the "Qods (Jerusalem) Day" rallies held nationwide every year on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Supporters of hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clashed with reformists during anti-Israel rallies on Friday, a witness said.
"Supporters of Ahmadinejad are beating supporters of (opposition leader Mirhossein) Mousavi near the Vali-ye Asr street (in central Tehran). At least two protesters were injured," the witness said.
Iran's June presidential election, which was followed by huge opposition protests, plunged Iran into political turmoil and exposed deepening divisions within its ruling elites.
The opposition leaders say the poll was rigged to secure Ahmadinejad's re-election. The authorities deny it.
Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas
It scooped up an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards when it was first remade in 1959
Sports Direct security guard allegedly banned Jewish schoolboys and told them: 'No Jews, no Jews'
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
John Travolta addresses former pilot's gay romance allegations publicly for the first time: 'That was the lowest I'd ever felt'
Richard III: Two years after his body was found scientists discover how he died
Cocaine and cannabis haul hidden in Vatican car seized by French police
- 1 iPhone 6 review: bigger, thinner, faster, brighter - Apple proves you can make the best better
- 2 Sports Direct security guard allegedly banned Jewish schoolboys and told them: 'No Jews, no Jews'
- 3 Pakistani passenger power forces two politicians off plane
- 4 Say yes to 'no-poo': It's been three years since I stopped washing my hair
- 5 John Travolta addresses former pilot's gay romance allegations publicly for the first time: 'That was the lowest I'd ever felt'
£55000 - £60000 Per Annum + benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: IT Proj...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Bristol: English teachers for day to day cover,...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Sheffield: Year 6 Teacher RequiredThis teaching...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: SharePoint Administrator - Bishop's ...