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Iran reports more protest arrests

Jul 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Iran on Thursday announced more arrests in the post-election turmoil, detaining seven alleged provocateurs of violence it says were linked to Iranian exiles. The move underlines authorities’ drive to portray protests as the work of outsiders rather than a reflection of widespread popular dismay.

The arrests continue a heavy crackdown that has squashed the mass protests that erupted over the disputed June 12 presidential vote. Iran’s top police chief has said 20 people were killed in violence during the protests, and that 1,032 people were detained.


Thousands of Iranians ignore leaders’ threats, march in unauthorized rally

Jun 28th, 2009 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Supporters of Ahmadinejad’s opponent, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, gathered at a mosque in northeastern Tehran during an annual commemoration for 72 Iranian politicians killed in a bombing 28 years ago.

According to a witness, who has previously provided accurate information to The Times, numerous opposition figures attended the rally, including presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi; Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard; and both the daughter and wife of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a Mousavi supporter.