Sunday, December 27, 2009


Anti government protests in Iran continue.

Baton-wielding riot police clashed with opposition backers in Tehran who yesterday used a Shiite religious festival to stage fresh anti-government demonstrations.

The reformist Jaras website said security forces fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse protesters and also attacked a building housing an Iranian news agency, ISNA, where it said some demonstrators had sought shelter during the unrest.

At least two people were injured as police chased after demonstrators into the building. In a sign that the protests were spreading, another Tehran resident later said supporters of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi, chanting "Death to the dictator", clashed with police near a mosque in northern Tehran, where reformist former president Mohammad Khatami had been due to speak.

"They are chasing people and beating them and trying to disperse them, but even ordinary Iranians are stopping their cars and shouting 'Ya Hossein, Mirhossein'," he said. Jaras said police also fired tear gas also during that incident.

And, for some reason, Obama continues to refuse aid or support for the protesters.

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