Posted by: bahareiran | December 10, 2010

Iran opposition protesters clash with security forces

Amir Kabir University protest on National Student Day

BBC, 7 December 2010 –  Dozens of people are reported to have been arrested across Iran after violent confrontations between security forces and anti-government demonstrators. In the capital Tehran, police and militiamen used batons and teargas, and witnesses said there had been gunfire.

The protests, led by Iranian students, were over the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and suppression of academic freedom. It appears to be the most widespread unrest in Iran for months. Foreign journalists were banned from reporting on the rallies, and the Iranian authorities closed down mobile phone networks and severely restricted internet access.

After the election the chants were only about people getting their votes back, but now it is more about the system and leaders themselves… Dozens of people have been given jail terms and as many as five people have been sentenced to death following the post-election demonstrations.

At the weekend, more than 20 people were arrested at a regular protest by a group of women that includes mothers whose sons and daughters were killed in post-election violence. Some of the women were later released.

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