Dec 2009

Anti-government clashes with police persist in Tehran

Despite repeated warnings from authorities, Iranian protesters have refused to back down and unrest persists in downtown core of Tehran.

Student organization foresees fall of establishment

Iranian student organization, Unity Consolidation Bureau issued a statement condemning the “violent attack” of Mashad university students last night and widespread arrest of students across the country calling them marks of the system's imminent fall.

Students attacked in Mashad Open University

500 members of Ansar-e Hezbollah pro-government group attacked a peaceful gathering of students at the Open University of Mashad wielding knives, clubs and machetes as Iran's major cities keep dissipating into lawlessness.

Pro-government rally condemns Iranian protesters

Iranian authorities made a show of force today by organizing a pro-government rally in condemnation of the opposition and its leaders.

Iran police announces end of "leniency"

Police Commander, Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam told reporters at a press meeting that protesters have been “taking advantage” of police “leniency” toward them and that they will no longer put up with it.

Prominent reformist clerics attacked by government supporters

Offices of reformist cleric leaders, Ayatollah Yousef Sanei and Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Dastgheib were attacked by pro-government groups and several clerics at the offices were violently beaten in the process.

Ali Mousavi laid to rest under heavy surveillance

The remains of Ali Mousavi, nephew of opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi was handed over by the police to be speedily laid to rest under heavy security measures.

Fatemeh Karroubi condemns attacks against her family

A statement from Fatemeh Karroubi, wife of opposition leader and disputing candidate of Iran's June presidential elections, Mehdi Karroubi, was issued today denouncing the attacks against her family.

Iran judiciary stands by widespread arrests

Tehran’s prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced today that the widespread arrest of the last two days are fully justified and have been carried out by direct order of the judiciary.

Protests continue in Tehran universities

Anti-government student rallies in Tehran universities were confronted by pro-government forces in plain clothes causing tens of injuries and scores of arrests today.

Iranian authorities slam "Western interference" in internal affairs

Iranian authorities lashed out against British and US comments in condemnation of the government's violent crackdown on dissidents on Ashura Day.

Scores of political reformists arrested in Iran

Iranian authorities reacted to the persistence of election protesters and the widespread street demonstrations of yesterday by detaining scores of prominent reformists.

Opposition leader condemns government violence

Opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi condemned government’s “indescribable” violence and crackdown on protesters adding that even the deposed Shah would not “disrespect Ashura.”

Ali Mousavi's cadaver removed from hospital

The remains of Ali Mousavi, oppsoition leader Mirhosein Mousavi's nephew, has been removed by Iranian authorities from Ebn Sina hospital after he was shot to death yesterday.

Iran confirms five deaths and 300 arrests

After hours of delay in covering the unrest in Tehran and denying the extent of protests and clashes, Iranian State media have finally confirmed that five people were killed and 300 arrested in today’s protests in Tehran.

Iran State media paint different picture of protests

Hardliner media have made every effort to discredit election protesters who took to the streets today on Ashura Day to voice their dissent once again.

Opposition leader's nephew killed in today's clashes

Ali Mousavi, nephew of Iran’s opposition leader, MirHosein Mousavi has been reportedly shot in the heart in today’s protests.

Iranians protesters clash with security forces again

Iranian election protesters are on the streets of Tehran and other major cities of Iran using Ashura mourning events to express their protests against the government which they claim has stolen votes and taken power illegitimately.

Iranian protesters confronted by government forces

Tehran’s streets are rife with protesters who had announced that they would continue their street protests on the religious days of Tasoa and Ashura, today and tomorrow. Crowds are being confronted by government forces at every turn.

Death of dissident cleric keeps Iran politics volatile

The death of prominent dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri continues to occupy Iran’s political scene as people try to organize memorial services against the will of the government and hardliners try to downplay the importance of the senior religious leader.