As government agents besieged the offices of the leader of the opposition movement, Iran’s chief prosecutor gave warning yesterday that no more anti-Government protests would be tolerated.
“So far, we have shown restraint. From today no leniency will be applied,” Gholam Hossein Mohsen Ejeie told journalists, the day after tens of thousands of students staged nationwide protests. “Intelligence and security forces have been ordered not to give any leeway to those who break the law, act against national security and disturb public order.”
As he spoke, about 30 motorcyclists — in civilian clothing, but almost certainly members of the hardline Basij militia — surrounded the Academy of Fine Arts in Tehran, where Mir Hossein Mousavi, the de facto leader of the so-called Green Movement, works. They shouted slogans and refused to let the former Prime Minister leave, according to his website.
Since President Ahmadinejad defeated Mr Mousavi in June’s disputed election the Government has sought to crush the opposition by detaining and beating activists and flooding the streets with security forces.
However, Monday’s demonstrations were not only the biggest in weeks but more radical in tone, with students openly denouncing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
There were violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces bearing batons, tear gas and stun guns. More than 200 “rioters”, including 39 women, were arrested, acc... >>>
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