Iranian Forces Beat Protesters; Use Pepper Spray to Disperse Rally
Hundreds of democracy protesters rallied today in Tehran against the illegitimate regime.
The rally continued until police road in, shot off pepper spray and beat them.
FOX News reported:
Iranian security forces beat protesters in central Tehran on Saturday, a sign of mounting tensions ahead of planned opposition rallies to mark a religious festival and the death of a dissident cleric a week ago, a reformist Web site said.
The Rah-e-Sabz site said forces, including the elite Revolutionary Guard and the paramilitary Basijis, used tear gas and pepper spray in an attempt to disperse demonstrators, and broke the windows of cars that were honking horns in protest.
It said protests occurred in at least three areas: Imam Hossein Square, Pol-e-Choobi and Ferdowsi Square.
The report could not be independently confirmed because the Iranian government has banned foreign media from covering opposition protests.
Iran is marking the first 10 days of the Islamic month of Moharram, a time of mourning rituals for a revered Shiite saint.
The period culminates Sunday with Ashoura — a day that coincides with the seventh day since the death of Iran’s most senior dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. More memorials and possible protests are expected.