An injured Iranian opposition supporter flashes a V-sign during clashes with security
forces in Tehran on December 27.
Photos: War In Tehran Streets on Ashura Day
The reformist website Parlemannews writes today that the authorities have also
detained at least seven prominent reformists, including three aides to Mir
Hossein Musavi, the leader of the Green opposition movement and a defeated
candidate in last June's contested presidential elections.
Others are said to include two men who help run a foundation, Baran, set up by reformist former President Mohammad Khatami, in addition to the secretary-general of the Freedom Movement of Iran, Ebrahim Yazdi, and human rights activist Emad Baghi.
Amir Khorram, a high-ranking member of the Freedom Movement, told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that Yazdi was arrested in his home early today.
"The only explanation for Yazdi's arrest is that authorities want to put pressure on the Freedom Movement," Khorram says. "They want us to stop our activities."
WATCH: A video from the December 27 clashes in Vali Asr Square in Tehran shows a protester who has been seriously injured in the clashes. (Warning: graphic images)
The protests culminated on December 27, the high point of the Ashura festival,
when thousands of demonstrators poured onto the streets of the Iranian capital
shouting "Death to Khamenei!" and other antigovernment slogans.
Security forces reacted with truncheons, tear gas, and bullets.
Some protesters are protecting cornered security forces
Iranian state-run television confirmed that eight people were killed in the
clashes, although police denied any involvement, saying their officers had only
fired into the air. This marks the highest death toll in Iran since street
protests and violence erupted after the June 12 disputed presidential elections.
Among those killed was Musavi's 20-year-old nephew, Ali.
His brother, quoted by the Parlemannews website today, said Ali's body had been taken away from the hospital and could not be located, making a funeral impossible.
WATCH: This video from December 27 reportedly shows Faezeh Hashemi, the
daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, amidst the antigovernment
protests in Tehran:
Reports from today say police fired tear gas to disperse Musavi supporters who
had gathered to express their condolences over Ali's death.
"A group of Musavi supporters have gathered in front of Ebn-e Sina hospital where his nephew's body was kept...Police fired tear gas to disperse them," the Norooz website reported.
In a statement posted on a reformist website, opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi
asked how the authorities could have spilled the blood of innocent people during
Ashura, a major festival in Shi'ite Islam commemorating the death of a grandson
of the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century.
Its culmination on December 27 coincided with the seventh day since the death of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, one of Iran's most prominent dissidents and an outspoken critic of the government.
with agency reports
WATCH: The video below reportedly shows the capture of a member of
the Basij forces:
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