- Title: IRAN: Frontline of Clashes between police and opposition supporters
- Date: 22nd June 2009
- Summary: TEHRAN, IRAN (JUNE 20, 2009) (AMATEUR VIDEO) (EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to report, film or take pictures in Tehran) TRAFFIC JAM WITH CARS BACKED UP/ PROTESTERS FACING IRANIAN POLICE STREET SHOWING WHERE PROTEST TAKING PLACE PROTESTER AT FRONT OF CROWD WAVING GREEN FLAG FOR OPPOSITION PARTY LED BY MIRHOSSEIN MOUSAVI RIOT POLICE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN LINE OF PROTESTERS COLOURED GAS OF UNKNOWN CONTENT FILLING THE AIR
- Reuters ID: LVA5WIDTQEQLT968R0ORG26BGX9W
- Duration: 00:03:30
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement,Domestic Politics
- Story Text: Iranian authorities on Sunday (June 21) blamed "terrorists" for clashes in which at least 10 people were killed and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the West to stay out of unrest sparked by his disputed re-election.
In a sign of increased opposition among clerics to the Islamic Republic's leadership, Mohammad Khatami, a moderate former president, warned that banning protests in support of defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi was a dangerous move.
Iran state television said 10 people were killed and more than 100 others injured in protests held in Tehran on Saturday in defiance of a stern warning by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. A separate report put the number of deaths at 13.
State television said the violence included the torching of a mosque, which it blamed on "rioters".
The harshness of the language suggested the authorities may be preparing for a crackdown to end more than a week of protest.
The disputed June 12 election handed an overwhelming victory to the hardline, anti-Western Ahmadinejad sparking the biggest protests and most violent unrest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution which ousted the U.S.-backed shah.
Mousavi, who came second to Ahmadinejad in the poll and whose followers have spearheaded protests, says the election was rigged and must be annulled.
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