Report: Iran puts 16 protesters on trial

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January 30, 2010 10:04

 
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A group of opposition activists are standing trial in Teheran on charges of rioting in connection with protests in late December, 's state media reported Saturday.

The official IRNA news agency and state Press TV said that there were 16 defendants in court for the trial's opening on Saturday.

At least eight people were killed and hundreds more were arrested during the December clashes between opposition activists and security forces. The violence was the worst since authorities launched a harsh crackdown immediately after 's disputed presidential election in June.

Since August, 's hardline government has tried more than 100 political activists. Eleven people have been sentenced to death. More than 80 others have received prison terms.

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