Tehran protesters defy official threats

Some 300 protesters marched on Tehran University chanting “Death to the dictator!” before being dispersed by police who used tear gas and fired shots in the air. The march was held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of student protests that were put down by the Basij militia in 1999. The march was held in defiance of the threats from Tehran governor Morteza Tamaddon, who warned one day earlier: “If some individuals plan to have anti-security move through listening to a call by counter-revolutionary networks, they will be smashed under the feet of our aware people.” (BBC News, AP, The Independent, July 9)

Prosecutor General Qorban-Ali Dorri Najafabadi said July 8 that 2,500 people have been arrested since the protests began last month, and that 500 of them could face trial, Press TV reported. The remainder have been released, Najafabadi said. (AP, July 9)

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