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Iran: Authorities confirm over 100 arrests during November 4 protests

Report Source: Radio Zamaneh

Protesters once again took to the streets of Tehran and other cities on November 4 to protest what they see as an illegitimate government imposed on them through a coup in June 2009.

Tehran's Commander of Security Forces announced that 109 people were arrested during November 4 ceremonies.

On November 4, whilst the state held its annual anti-US observances for the anniversary of the US embassy takeover in Tehran in 1979, Iranian election protesters staged their own demonstrations chanting slogans against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government and against the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei who has supported the allegedly fraudulent June election.

Security and police forces once more confronted peaceful protesters with violence and used batons, tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse them.

In addition to Tehran numerous major cities such as Zahedan, Esfahan, Mashad, Tabriz, and Rasht staged similar demonstrations which met with the violent attacks of government forces.

Security and judiciary officials, who until today could not confirm the number of detainees, today announced that 109 people were arrested in Tehran.

Mehr news agency reports that Brigadier-General Rajabzadeh announced of the 109 detainees, 47 were released on bail and the rest have been imprisoned and their files sent to the judiciary. He added that 43 of the prisoners are male and 19 are female.

Basij militia were used to attack the protesters

Some reports say that a number of detainees were transferred to a detention centre near the city of Varamin. These reports also indicate that Khoreyn detention centre has undesirable conditions and warn about the possibility of the recurrence of crimes that happened at Kahrizak detention centre where a number of election protesters were tortured and killed this summer.

Tehran prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi also announced last night that three foreign nationals, one German and two Canadians were arrested on November 4 but were released the same day.

IRNA state news agency also confirmed the arrest of Farhad Pouladi, Agence France-Presse correspondent and Niels Krogsgaard , Danish journalism student. Danish Union for Journalists announced on Friday that 31-year-old Niels Krogsgaard, a journalism student on a one-year exchange program in Tehran was arrested by the authorities.

Farhad Pouladi was also arrested in the course of covering November 4 events in Tehran.

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