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Iranian Police Restricts Religious Processions of Muslim Month

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Tehran police force has called on Muharram religious procession groups to register their routes with the local police station in order "to avoid disorder and traffic."

A poster by Iran's Green Movement saying  Muharram mourners will support
opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi

December 18 is the first day of Muslim month of Muharram, and according to Iranian religious customs, religious processions will walk the streets chanting and mourning the sad events of the death of the third Imam of Shiites, Hussein the son of Ali, for the first ten days of the month.

Some of the Iranian election protesters who have been staging recurrent rallies throughout the country in the past seven months to protest the allegedly fraudulent re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have announced that they will continue their protests in the month of Muharram.

Tehran police announced that they have deployed 18 thousand "Muharram police deputies" and security forces to keep order during the events.

ILNA reports that Deputy Commander of Tehran Security Forces has asked "Hussein mourners" to consider the "current sensitive situation" and avoid any "extraordinary" forms of mourning. He also called on the organizers to report any "suspicious cases" to the police.

Tehran's Premier had warned earlier that protesters are trying to take advantage of the religious events.

Some internet sites connected with protesters have published slogans and posters for the occasion of first of Muharram and called on the supporters of the "Green Movement" to attend the pageants with green symbols.

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