Wednesday 17 June 2009

Tehran suffers another night of unrest, police stand set alight

Backers of Iran's defeated Mousavi keep up protests by setting a police stand on fire.

Supporters of Iran's defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi aimed to keep pressure up with new protests on Wednesday (June 17) over a disputed poll which has led to the biggest upheaval since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Some sent messages to others to meet again in Tehran's central Haft-e Tir Square.

Mousavi has called on supporters to stage peaceful demonstrations or gather in mosques on Thursday to express solidarity with people killed in post-election unrest.

Seven people were killed in a vast opposition protest on Monday in central Tehran, state media has said.

One unidentified resident in Tehran said on Wednesday (June 17), "I hope whatever comes of this situation will be in the interest of our people."

There was further unrest in the Iranian capital overnight. Television pictures showed a police stand on fire.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, dismissed protests about last week's election as the work of "tension seekers", and appeared to rule out any change to the outcome of the poll by referring to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the "elected president".

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