Iranian forces fire teargas, clash with protesters
Security forces in Tehran try to disperse demonstrators demanding the release of 2 opposition leaders; Iranian FM on whereabouts of the leaders: "Judicial authorities will handle the issue."
By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
March 1, 2011 17:22
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Iranian opposition gathering_311 Reuters.
(photo credit: Stringer Iran / Reuters)
TEHRAN - Iran's
security forces fired teargas and clashed with opposition supporters in
Tehran on Tuesday, where demonstrators were rallying to demand the
release of two opposition leaders, according to an opposition website.
forces and people in civilian clothes clashed with demonstrators in
Tehran to disperse them," opposition website Kaleme reported.
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another opposition website, reported large numbers of security
personnel stationed at main streets and squares in Tehran "to prevent
gathering of opposition supporters."
presidential candidates Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi have not
been seen in public since they called for a rally on Feb. 14, during
which thousands of their supporters took to the streets to support
uprisings in the Arab world.
Iranian officials have remained mum on the arrest of the two leaders,
but the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that judicial
authorities will handle the issue and it cannot be "a pretext for
America and some western countries to interfere" in Iranian domestic
affairs, according to a BBC Persian report.
Opposition websites had called for Tuesday's rally to demand their release.
Opposition website Sahamnews reported on Monday that Mousavi and Karoubi
had been jailed along with their wives. Judiciary officials deny they
have been jailed but say they have been kept at home and barred from
contact with the outside world.