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One protester dead after tens of thousands demonstrate in pro-democracy rally in Tehran, sparking vicious police crackdown

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UK Daily Mail
Feb 15, 2011

Clashes between Iranian police and tens of thousands of protesters wracked central Tehran yesterday, killing one person, as opposition supporters tried to evoke the spirit of Egypt’s recent popular uprising.

Protesters were beaten and tear gas was used to disperse the crowds as the hardline regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sought to prevent marches in support of Egypt’s pro-democracy movement becoming demonstrations against the government.

Demonstrators in central Tehran’s Enghelab (Revolution) Square and in Imam Hossein Square set bins alight in a bid to protect themselves from the stinging white clouds of tear gas as they chanted ‘death to the dictator’.

Dozens were arrested – including opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi – amid widespread condemnation of police tactics by human rights groups and western politicians, including British Foreign Secretary William Hague and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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