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Police: 35 detained during Quds Day rallies

Thirty-five protesters were arrested during the Qods Day rallies and charged with "damaging public property," according to Tehran police chief, Press TV reported. Brigadier General Azizollah Rajabzadeh told the Iran Students News Agency (ISNA) that the protesters were detained as they engaged in setting motorcycles and garbage cans on fire during the rally on September 18.

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Brigadier Rajabzadeh said the arrests were made in Tehran's Haft-e-Tir Square and Motahhari Street, away from the areas where major rallies were taking place.

He noted that those who sought to cause trouble and damage public property were arrested by the police forces on the spot.

Despite firm official warnings to avoid illegal gatherings, some supporters of opposition figures Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi used the occasion of the Qods Day to take to the streets to air their support for their cause and express their incredulity of the official results for the June 12 presidential election, which handed a second term to the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with almost two-thirds of the votes.

Tehran's Hayateno daily has captured the mood of the day on its front page:
"The Green Presence Of People On Quds Day"

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