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Jay Deshmukh

Monday, June 22, 2009

Iranian authorities arrested at least 457 people after post-election clashes that left 10 people dead, state radio reported on Monday, as the nation’s clerical leaders battled to contain the worst crisis since the Islamic revolution.

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has led a wave of massive protests over what he says was a rigged presidential election, remained defiant as he urged supporters to continue demonstrating but to adopt “self-restraint.”

Iran’s electoral watchdog, the Guardians Council, acknowledged of vote discrepancies, saying its preliminary investigation revealed that the number of ballots cast in 50 districts exceeded the number of eligible voters.


Iranian state radio, quoting the police, said the mass arrests were made when demonstrators and security forces clashed on Saturday around the capital’s Azadi square in violence that left 10 people dead.

The streets of Tehran were tense on Monday but have remained largely quiet since Sunday and there were no immediate reports of any planned demonstrations. Witnesses said they did not see many security personnel out on the streets.

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