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Baton-wielding police disperse Mousavi supporters

13 Jun 2009 13:452 Comments
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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)

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2 Comments

It is very inspiring and also sad seeing the brave, courageous women

and men who are defying the totalitarian regime who rules Iran with

an iron fist..Iranian political leaders who are throwbacks from the stone age with their insane ideals exposing and preventing the country of Iran from democratic progress and individual freedom...

In 1956 the small tiny country of Hungary who had no guns or weapons ,but the people using Molotov cocktails , overthrew the

massive military of Russia.. and overcame the Russian military, who

left their country...Proof that people desiring freedom are much stronger..

Kenneth / June 20, 2009 11:31 AM

It's good to have a website on such an important subject without biased reporting. Something we Americans have lost touch with.

Darwin Jamgochian / June 20, 2009 12:36 PM