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Nephew of Iran's Opposition Leader Mir Hossein Mousavi's Killed During Tehran Protests

12/27/09 - According to Parleman news web site, Seyed Ali Habibi Mousavi, the son of Mir Hossein Mousavi's sister, was killed during the Ashoura protests in Tehran on December 27.  Ali Mousavi was 43 and father of 2 children.

According to the report, a bullet pierced Ali Mousavi's heart during the protests around Revolution square. He later died at Ebn-Sina hospital. Opposotion leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the parents of Ali Mousavi and some other political figures have gathered at the hospital.

protesters in Tehran on December 27 (photo by

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Opposition Web Sites: Iranian Police Kill 4 Protesters in Tehran

Killing comes as thousands of reformists rally in central Tehran's Engelab Square in defiance of police warnings

Iranian opposition Web sites and witnesses say police have shot dead four opposition activists taking part in mass protests in Tehran.

But Iranian police officials deny that protesters were killed in clashes with security forces Sunday.

Opposition Web sites say police opened fire as thousands of reformists rallied on Tehran's streets in defiance of government warnings.

The information could not be independently verified as Iran's government has banned foreign media from reporting directly on demonstrations.

Photos Ashoura Protests in Tehran

In Sunday's protests, witnesses say Tehran police also fired tear gas and used batons to disperse protesters chanting "death to the dictator" - a reference to Iran's conservative leadership. Smoke billowed over the city.

Opposition Web sites reported similar clashes in the central Iranian cities of Isfahan and Najafabad.

The unrest was the most serious in Tehran since the rallies and clashes that followed June's disputed presidential election.

At that time, opposition groups said security forces killed at least 72 activists protesting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election victory. Authorities say 36 people were killed in June's protests, including pro-government militiamen.

Iranian reformists accuse conservative President Ahmadinejad of rigging June's presidential election to win a second term, a charge the government denies.

Iranian police chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moqadam had warned the opposition against holding rallies Sunday to coincide with national observances of Ashura, a Shi'ite Muslim day of mourning.

During Ashura, Shi'ite worshippers mourn the seventh-century killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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