Mousavi Under House Arrest as Riots Rage
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2009 12:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rivals for the Iranian presidency were placed under house arrest in the wake of the disputed election results as fiery riots beoke out across Tehran, the Los Angeles Times reports. Main challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi, who had declared victory before the Interior Ministry's announcement that Ahmadinejad had prevailed, called the official results a "dangerous charade."

The three challengers' campaign headquarters and official websites were shut down, and the government apparently censored social networking sites, including Facebook. But word was out, and Mousavi supporters took to the streets. Riot police quickly countered with tear gas and runner bullets. "It's a fraud," said a Mousavi supporter. "I can't believe it."