Website: 'Dozens arrested' at service for Iran activist

June 4, 2011 22:38


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TEHRAN - Dozens of people were arrested at a commemoration service on Saturday for an Iranian activist who died at her father's funeral earlier in the week after a scuffle with security forces, an opposition website reported.

The Kaleme website said security forces in Tehran beat up several mourners at the service held, as is traditional in Iran, three days after the death of Haleh Sahabi.

Sahabi, 54, died of a cardiac arrest at the funeral of her father Ezatollah, a prominent veteran dissident, on Wednesday. Opposition websites said she was either pushed or punched by security forces, something government-sanctioned news agencies denied.

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