Iranian opposition already has new date for protests

21 Feb 2011

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Iranian protesters closed a tough day of protests yesterday with shouts of “Allah-o-Akbar” from their rooftops in various parts of Tehran.

At the end of the day of proposed protests by the Iranian opposition, reports from Tehran indicate that while people came to the streets in large numbers, widespread deployment of security forces prevented them from gathering in large scales.

Radio Zamaneh was informed by eyewitnesses that even groups of ten walking silently together were not tolerated by the vast number of security and Basij forces deployed all across Tehran. “Every few minutes the special guards or plain clothes forces would attack small groups of people lollering at them,” an eyewitness told Zamaneh.

Heavy deployment of security forces were reported all across Tehran as well as other major cities such as Esfahan, Shiraz, Rasht and Mahabad.

The two opposition leaders Mousavi and Karroubi have been put under house arrest and Mousavi’s home as well as the alley leading to his house has been fortified with a steel gate to prevent any contact with the outside world.

A spokesman for Mehdi Karroubi lauded the participation of protesters in yesterday’s protests which were also called by the opposition to commemorate Saneh Jaleh and Mohammad Mokhtari who were killed when security forces clashed with protesters last Monday.

“In view of the heavy security deployment,” Mojtaba Vahedi told Radio Farda, “gatherings and demonstrations were way beyond our expectations.”

Vahedi mocked FARS news agency for reporting on the one hand that everything was “completely calm in Tehran”, and on the other that “Ms. Faezeh Hashemi was arrested for inciting protests.”

State news agencies reported that Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former Iranian president and current Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, was briefly arrested for inciting unrest.

Mehdi Karroubi’s aide went on to express certainty that since people’s demands for freedom and the right to choose have not been met, protests would continue.

The member of coordination council of the Green Path of Hope added that the council has already planned the next date for street protests and it will be soon announced.

source: Radio Zamaneh

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