Friday, Jan 1st, 2010
The Iranian police say they have launched an investigation into a “probably fake” video, which seems to show a police vehicle running into a group of protesters in Tehran.
The footage, allegedly shot on Sunday, seems to show one police vehicle speeding right at the protesters before a second vehicle runs over a protester lying on the ground.
The police issued a statement on Thursday saying that the only deadly car accident connected with the unrest on Sunday was an incident in which a private car hit some of the rioters on Azadi Street in western Tehran.
Two people were killed in the car crash.
The police say they have found the car and they are conducting an investigation of the case.
There were no reports of deaths on Vali-e-Asr Square in central Tehran, where the video was allegedly shot, the police statement said.
The video shown on foreign television networks was “probably a fake and part of the schemes being implemented by foreign media outlets and counter-revolutionaries” to harm Iran’s image, the statement added.
Protesters took to the streets in downtown Tehran on Sunday, during the ceremonies for the day of Ashura, which is the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH) and his 72 companions.
The protesters chanted slogans against top government officials and vandalized public property.
When the situation turned violent, the anti-riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowds.
The authorities have confirmed that seven people died during the unrest.
This article was posted: Friday, January 1, 2010 at 5:28 am