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Iran's government cracks down hard on Monday's demonstrations in solidarity with Egypt

Teargas, rubber bullets, batons, knives, live, rounds as well PAINT BALL guns were used to disperse crowds. I would love to find out the brand of those paint ball guns.

Virtual information lock down. No internet, no texting, no cell phones, no phones at all in and around the main squares.

Journalists were banned from the streets and viciously attacked if they did venture out.

The latest report has 1 person confirmed dead and roughly 250 arrested.
Since there are no journalists on the ground some of the reports cannot be independently confirmed.

Its the closest thing we have to journalism from Iran at the moment. I'm sure there will more verifiable reports in the next few days as the internet and other communications become available.


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Amnesty International on the crack down:

Iran protest crackdown condemned
Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi (centre) was placed under house arrest

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi (centre) was placed under house arrest

Demotix / Andy Heath

14 February 2011

Amnesty International has condemned the Iranian authorities for breaking up an apparently peaceful march held in Tehran in support of Egyptian and Tunisian protests. Protests were also reportedly held in other cities across Iran, such as Esfahan, Shiraz and Kermanshah.

Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi were placed under house arrest by the authorities ahead of the protests on Monday.

"Iranians have a right to gather to peacefully express their support for the people of Egypt and Tunisia. While the authorities have a responsibility to maintain public order, this should be no excuse to ban and disperse protests by those who choose to exercise that right," said Hassiba Hadj-Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

"This crackdown is the latest in a series of moves by the authorities aimed at blocking the work of activists and stifling dissent."

The march comes amid a wave of pre-emptive arrests of political and other activists over the past several days.