Gunmen Fire on Iranian Opposition Cleric's Car
Mahdi Karroubi unharmed in attack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 8, 2010 1:11 PM CST
This June 9, 2009 file photo shows Mahdi Karroubi during a press conference in Tehran, Iran. Karroubi's Web reports his car was shot at by pro-government demonstrators, shattering its windows. .   (Vahid Salemi)
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(Newser) – Armed pro-government demonstrators opened fire on the car of an Iranian opposition leader, shattering its windows but leaving him unharmed, his website reported today. The shooting happened late yesterday while former presidential candidate Mahdi Karroubi was leaving a building in Qazvin where he'd been staying. Some 500 people were demonstrating outside the building, according to Sahamnews, many of them armed, and police were unable to disperse them.

Karroubi's car was attacked by a mob wielding bricks in late December, just days after a harsh crackdown on opposition protests. A senior cleric seemed to condone such attacks in his prayers at the capital today, saying that "people will lose patience if the legal apparatus does not conduct its affairs in a timely manner."

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