'Opposition plans to shoot at people in Iran protest'

Iranian pro-gov't news warns that Iraqi-protest group intends to turn rallies violent, open fire on demonstrators.

By OREN KESSLER, AP
February 20, 2011 10:14
PRO-GOVERNMENT IRANIANS

PRO-GOVERNMENT IRANIANS 311. (photo credit: AP)

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian pro-government news agency claimed armed opposition groups plan to shoot at people in a protest rally set for Sunday afternoon. The report said that teams of the Mujahedeen Khalq, an Iraq-based Iranian opposition group, have entered the country to shoot people during the protest rally.

The report by hardline Fars news agency was seen as a warning to potential protesters that the demonstration will become violent.

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Iran's opposition has called for a rally Sunday to mark a week since the deaths of two people in Feb. 14 clashes between security forces and opposition protesters in Tehran. It was the largest demonstration by the opposition in more than a year.

The opposition blamed the deaths on government forces.

At least two people were killed in clashes last Monday between security forces and opposition protesters in Tehran. The rallies were the largest to be held by the opposition in more than a year.


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