Baton-wielding police disperse Mousavi supporters
13 Jun 2009 13:45
Photo: Vali Asr, above Abbas Abad, 13 June 2009, 4 pm, Tehran. Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:23am EDT
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Police using batons moved to disperse supporters of presidential challenger Mirhossein Mousavi in Tehran who were staging a sit-in to protest against the victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in an election, a Reuters witness said.
The witness said police were chasing and arresting some of the demonstrators.
"Police attacked people with batons and at least three people were injured," said the witness.
"We are Iranians too," and " Mousavi is our president," chanted the demonstrators.
The violence broke out after Iran's Interior Minister announced that Ahmadinejad had won Friday's election, gaining 62.6 percent of the vote in an election which Mousavi has criticized for violations.
Up to 2,000 Mousavi supporters that staged a sit-in in the middle of the road, clapped hands and chanted: " Mousavi take back our vote! What happened to our vote?." They also chanted at security forces: "Police, brother, you're one of us."
Police has cordoned the area and traffic has returned to normal.
(Reporting by Parisa Hafezi; Writing by Fredrik Dahl and Dominic Evans; Editing by Samia Nakhoul)