Reports from Tehran indicate that a number of participants in campaign events for reformist presidential candidate Hassan Rohani were arrested on Saturday in Tehran.
Saham News reports that a number of Rohani's campaign workers were arrested yesterday along with a number of people who protested their arrest at an official gathering.
The identities of the detainees have not been announced yet; however, the Neday-e Sabz-e Azadi website reported the arrest of Amin Vatani, a student activist at Saturday's gathering who was reportedly beaten prior to his arrest.
The presidential election will take place this week, and two reformist candidates, Hassan Rohani and Mohammadreza Aref, are expected to announce soon if one will withdraw in favour of the other.
Khatami calls on reformist candidates to unite
Former president Mohammad Khatami has called for a coalition of the two reformist presidential candidates, saying such a collaboration would exemplify "putting principle ahead of individual issues" and lift society's spirits.
On Saturday, the former reformist president told a gathering of reformists that they are left with very few options in this election and must make the best of what they have.
The top reformist candidate, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, was disqualified by the Guardian Council; among the eight approved candidates, Hassan Rohani and Mohammadreza Aref are considered moderate reformists.
Khatami called on reformist supporters to enter the political arena and take pragmatic steps as the presidential election approaches.
While some reformists have decided to endorse reformist candidates, other are still considering a boycott of the election in response to the Guardian Council's filtering of their popular candidates.
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