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There are reports in social media sites and non-state Iranian news sites of clashes between protesters and security forces in Tehran, the Iranian capital.
Thousands of demonstrators were marching on Monday on Enghelab and Azadi streets [which connect and create a straight path through the city centre], with a heavy presence in Enghelab Square and Vali-Asr Street, according to these reports.
Several clashes have been reported on Twitter, the micro-blogging site, with claims of some demonstrators being teargassed and others beaten and arrested.
Al Jazeera's Dorsa Jabbari, in Tehran, confirmed reports that security forces used tear gas, pepper spray and batons against the protesters.
She said up to 10,000 security forces had been deployed to prevent protesters from gathering at Azadi Square, where the marches, originating from various points in Tehran, were expected to converge.
The AFP news agency reported that police fired paintball bullets on protesters. One video, posted on Youtube (claiming to be from Monday's protests) shows people chanting, "political prisoners must be freed" when a woman cries that tear gas has been deployed, dispersing the crowd.
On the Facebook page used to organise Monday's marches, there were also reports of shooting in or around Enghelab Square as well as demonstrations in the cities of Mashhad, Shiraz and Kermanshah.
Also posted on Twitter and Facebook were reports that Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife, Zahrah Rahnavard, had joined one of the marches.
The other prominent opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, is still under house arrest.
Al Jazeera was unable to confirm whether Mousavi and Rahnavard joined the protest, and at last report, Kaleme.com, a pro-reformist website, said that security forces had prevented the couple from leaving their home.
A BBC producer in the Iranian capital, who was affected by the gas, described central Tehran as "total chaos". He said "severe clashes" were taking place between protesters and police and there had been many arrests.
Originally posted by purplemer
This is all routine. What is not routine is there are unconfirmed reports coming in that the army are siding with the people on the streets. I hope to god this is true. The people of Iran live under an iron fist and have been messed about with for too long. It certainly is a possibility last year they arrested army officals ahead of the protests.
Iran has appaling civil rights. These protesters are brave, known activists are routinely hung. I hope the protests go well and peacefully and the people get what they want.
The authorities had made no secret of their resolve to stop the march planned for today and to deny the protesters a permit to demonstrate. “These elements are fully aware of the illegal nature of the request,” Mehdi Alikhani Sadr, an Interior Ministry official, said in comments published Sunday by the semiofficial Fars news agency. “They know they will not be granted permission for riots.”
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was blunt.
“The conspirators are nothing but corpses,” Hossein Hamadani, a top commander of the corps, said Wednesday in comments published by the official IRNA news agency. “Any incitement will be dealt with severely.”
This is the Arab Youth Revolt against Patriarchy which i said will go beyond #Arabs to hit even #Iran and #Israel,the Cyber Generation
Some say they want to stay in squares like Egyptians, others are coming back tomorrow after 3pm.
azadi had many thousands, ppl being arrested put in big vans.
The People of Iran are calling for a legitimate Government Of the People By the People For the people
Originally posted by SpreadLoveNotHate
Now let's see if this can spread to the states... Bankers aren't going to stop until their sheep stop working