Police clash with protesters in Iran

TEHRAN. November 5. KAZINFORM. Police clashed with supporters of Iran's opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in Tehran on Wednesday when a rally marking the 30th anniversary of the storming of the US Embassy turned violent; Kazinform refers to Arab News.

Reformist website Mowjcamp said police opened fire on protesters at Haft-e-Tir Square, but there was no independent confirmation of the report. "Some people were injured," Mowjcamp said, reporting other protests in the cities of Shiraz and Rasht.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards and their allied Basij militia had warned the opposition not to try to hijack an annual anti-US rally to revive protests against the clerical establishment after June's disputed presidential election.

"Police clashed with hundreds of protesters. Police used batons to disperse them," a witness said.

Defeated presidential candidates Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, who are committed to reform, had urged supporters to take to the streets on Wednesday to protest against the government despite warnings from the security forces about "illegal gatherings", Kazinform cites Arab News. See www.arabnews.com for full version.

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