Clashes with protesters erupt in Iran: opposition

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters in central Tehran on Sunday, during a second day of clashes in the Iranian capital, an opposition website said.

Clashes with protesters erupt in Iran: opposition

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters in central Tehran on Sunday, during a second day of clashes in the Iranian capital, an opposition website said.

The clashes on Sunday came as the country's Shia Muslim's marked Ashoura, a religious event commemorating the 7th century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson.

The Jaras website said protesters set one police motorbike on fire in downtown Tehran. A plume of black smoke could be seen above the centre of the city, it added, as police blocked streets in the area and clashes intensified.

"There are sporadic clashes in different parts of downtown Tehran, including the Khark street ... There is a mass presence of protesters. Their number is increasing," Jaras said in a report that could not immediately be independently verified.

Jaras website said three opposition supporters were "killed" on Sunday during clashes with police in central Tehran.

"Three people were killed and two others were injured when police opened fire at protesters," the Jaras website said.

Police helicopters were seen flying overhead in Tehran.

Jaras earlier said hundreds of riot police were deployed in central Tehran to prevent demonstrations planned by opposition supporters during Ashura.

"Hundreds of police, riot police and security forces are at Haft-e Tir Square, Enqelab Street and near the main Bazaar," it said.

In a show of defiance, the opposition had urged its supporters to gather in central Tehran on Sunday morning.

Police fired tear gas and warning shots on Saturday to disperse supporters of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi in various parts of Tehran, the opposition reports said.

It was not possible to independently verify the website reports as foreign media are banned from directly covering anti-government protests.



Reuters
Last Mod: 27 Aralık 2009, 16:57
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