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.
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.
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"Green Quds" Show of Force by Iranian Opposition - Tens of thousands of
Iranians have come out on to the streets of Tehran and other major cities for
the first mass protests against the Iranian government in two months. Shouting
slogans, the protestors denounced Ahmadinejad as stealing the June presidential
election: "Liar, liar, where is your 63 percent?" They also demanded the release
of thousands of people arrested in government crackdowns on previous rallies
against Iran's contested presidential election results. Demonstrations also took
place in other major Iranian cities including Isfahan, Mashhad, Qom, Shiraz, and
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