Tehran protests met with violence

Iranian police fire bullets, tear gas at anti-government demonstrators

Iranian police are retaliating against thousands of unarmed protestors with tear gas and bullets, according to reports. Despite the authorities’ heavy-handed efforts to shut them down, rallies are ongoing, with protestors using the country’s official Students Day as an opportunity to demonstrate against the government. The mother of Neda Agha-Soltan, the so-called “Angel of Freedom”, who was shot by a pro-government militia in June following Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s controversial re-election, was among a group of grieving mothers who joined the demonstrations. The protest marks the fourth time an official holiday has been used to launch anti-government demonstrations.


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