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Police have clashed with opposition supporters during a rally in the Iranian capital, Tehran, reports say.
Police used tear gas as demonstrators chanted "death to dictators", the reports quoted witnesses as saying.
Unconfirmed reports circulating in Tehran said police had also fired on opposition supporters.
Reformist leaders had urged their supporters to attend peaceful rallies to mark 30 years since the seizure of the US embassy in Iran.
Mir Hossein Mousavi, who was Ahmadinejad's main rival in the election, suggested in a statement on his website that a protest rally would be held.
"The 13th of Aban is ... a rendezvous so we can remember anew that among us it is the people who are the leaders," he said, referring to the Iranian date for the capture of the US embassy.
The opposition protesters were expected to head for the Russian embassy later on Wednesday.
"Many people, rightly or wrongly thought China and Russia were behind what happened with President Ahmadinejad, what happened in the election," Baqer Moin, an Iranian author and journalist, said.
The clashes came on a day of extraordinary tension across Iran. For weeks, hard-liners have been warning the opposition not to take advantage of the occasion for anti-government protests, and in recent days there have been fresh threats from the police, the Revolutionary Guard, and prosecutors. No rallies would be permitted except the state-sanctioned ones outside the old embassy and anyone chanting anything except “death to America” would be arrested.
Reporting from Tehran and Beirut - Large stretches of the Iranian capital erupted in chaos and violence today as antigovernment protesters and security forces clashed on the 30th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy by radical students.
Amateur videotape also purported to show small, boisterous demonstrations in the Caspian Sea city of Rasht, the southwestern city of Ahvaz and the eastern city of Mashhad.
Supporters of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi in running battles with police in Tehran.
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Thousands of people gathered outside the former embassy, waving anti-American banners and signs praising the Islamic Revolution.
Simultaneous anti-government marches were stormed by Iranian security forces using batons and tear gas, witnesses and state media reported.
Obama praised opposition protesters who have taken to the streets to speak up for change. "The American people have great respect for the people of Iran and their rich history," Obama said. "The world continues to bear witness to their powerful calls for justice and their courageous pursuit of universal rights."
Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a senior Iranian religious leader, said on Wednesday that the capture of the US embassy was a mistake.
"The occupation of the American embassy at the start had the support of Iranian revolutionaries and the late Imam Khomeini [Iran's former supreme leader] and I supported it too," he said in a statement posted on his website.
"But considering the negative repercussions and the high sensitivity which was created among the American people and which still exists, it was not the right thing to do."
Several top commanders in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard have been killed in a suicide bombing in the volatile south-east of the country.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was condemned by Iran's Parliamentary Speaker.