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02/20/11

Iranian protesters reportedly shot at by security forces

Source: Radio Zamaneh

A protester has been shot and killed at 7th Tir Square in central Tehran, according to several eyewitness reports on opposition websites. The news comes amid reports that protesters are gathering in several parts of the city, responding to the opposition's call to rally in commemoration of the two people killed during protests last Monday.


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An official of Tehran security forces has announced that reports of shootings and death in Tehran are false.

Kaleme opposition website reports that with nightfall the number of protesters is rising and the security forces are reportedly preventing people from gathering using tear gas bombs.

Iran's official news agency, IRNA reported earlier that Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of moderate cleric, Ayatollah Rafsanjani was arrested by the security forces for participation in the protests but news of her release was soon after reported on FARS news agency.

Eyewitness reports indicated earlier that large crowds of people had gathered in major squares, moving silently without chanting any slogans, as the heavy presence of security forces is reported across the city.


Video posted on youtube, dated February 20th, shows plainclothes security firing on unarmed protesters in Tehran

In Mahabad, security forces have reportedly shot at the crowd in order to gain control over the protests.

At the same time in Mashhad, Iran's second largest city, protesters have been reportedly attacked on the streets with clubs and sticks.

Protests have also been reported in Shiraz, Esfahan, Sanadaj, Mahabad, Rasht and other cities, according to the Rahesabz opposition website.

In the meantime, FARS news agency, which is linked to Iran's security forces, reported that "no major unrest or demonstrations" are happening in Tehran.

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