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Police announce arrest of 40 more Iranian protesters

Source: Radio Zamaneh

A police official announced today that with "the cooperation of honest and always alert people of Islamic Iran," they have managed to arrest 40 more people involved in Ashura Day events.  He also called on the public to continue assisting the police in identifying "rioters."

Iran's green opposition plans more protests on February 11, anniversary of Iranian Revolution

The police had published a special eight-page newsletter to identify protesters who participated in the Ashura Day events.

The newsletter, which contained 65 pictures of protesters, was distributed widely in the mosques and various public organizations.

This new strategy of the police was "commended" by Iran's Council of Press Supervision.

Some pro-government media have published certain pictures of protesters referring to them as "rioters" and thus called for their identification and arrest.

Protesters were attacked by security forces in Tehran on December 27

The opposition supporters have ignored repeated orders and threats by authorities to stop protesting. They have continued to hold rallies despite government's refusal to issue them permits. At least 8 people were killed by security forces during the Ashura protests in Tehran on December 27 when the security forces opened fire on the protesters and in some cases ran over them with police cars.

Two days ago, Tehran Security Commander, Brigadier-General Azizollah Rajabzadeh announced that the police will identify and arrest all the participants of Ashura Day events.

On Monday, five Ashura Day detainees were put to trial charged with "moharbeh," which carries the death penalty.

Iran's election protesters had planned peaceful demonstrations for Ashura Day, a day of mourning in Shiite calendar, but police confrontations with protesters led to violence and arrest and even death of protesters.

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