One of the most controversial elements of Turkish foreign policy has been the attempt by the Justice and Development party (AKP) to cultivate closer ties to Iran. Beneath an amicable veneer, relations between the two countries are marked by mistrust and unease.
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Without much media attention, thousands of American troops are being deployed to Israel, and Iranian officials believe that this is the latest and most blatant warning that the US will soon be attacking Tehran.
The government’s chief prosecutor warned that “from now on, we will show no mercy” to protesters or their families.
“I saw three middle-aged women being shocked by members of the Basij using stun guns,” a witness said. “I ran away, but when I turned around, I saw them lying on the street, their bodies shaking because of the shocks.” As he spoke, people could be heard screaming in the background.
In an early warning that protests might turn violent, the pro-government newspaper Kayhan, which is strongly connected to Iran’s security forces, published a special analysis Monday that said there was a high possibility of fatalities among the students.
“When you attack moderates, you breed radicals,” said Amir Mohebbian, a former politician who shares Ahmadinejad’s ideology but is critical of his policies.
Prosecutors said that he was asked to meet representatives of political groups, ethnic and religious minorities, and student groups and inform London about the riots, Irna reports.
The judge said the allegation merited a charge of espionage.
Rights groups say that hundreds of people including reformist politicians, journalists, activists and lawyers, have been detained in Iran since the election.