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29 Dec

Iran Police Gun Down Protesters, Protesters Fight Back (PHOTOS) (VIDEO)

“Death to the dictator,”

The Huffington Post December 29, 2009

The protests began with thousands of opposition supporters chanting “Death to the dictator,” a reference to hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as they marched in defiance of official warnings of a harsh crackdown on any demonstrations coinciding with Shiite Islam’s most important observance, Ashoura. The observance commemorates the seventh-century death in battle of one of Shiite Islam’s most beloved saints.

Security forces tried but failed to disperse protesters on a central Tehran street with tear gas, baton charges and warning shots. They then opened fire on protesters, said witnesses and the Rah-e-Sabz Web site.

WARNING: The following images are violent. Some may contain blood and dead bodies.

This photo, taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran shows an Iranian protestor, left, throwing a rock at anti-riot police officers, as their bikes are set on fire by protestors, during anti-government protest at the Enqelab (Revolution) St. in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009. (AP Photo)

WARNING: The following video contains extremely graphic images after the 1:50 mark.


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