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Iran Judge Says Protesters Could Be Executed
Iran Judge Says Protesters
Could Be Executed

Iran Judge Says Protesters Could Be Executed

Trump seeks international support for protests

(Newser) - The death toll in the protests sweeping Iran is now at least 20—and it could end up a lot higher under a recommendation from the head of Tehran's Revolutionary Court. According to Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency, Mousa Ghazanfarabadi said Tuesday that some of the hundreds of...

State TV: Protesters Have Attacked Iran Military Bases

At least 12 killed, report says

(Newser) - At least 12 people have been killed in the ongoing protests in Iran , and armed protesters have tried to take over police stations and military bases, state TV reported Monday. The protests began Thursday in Mashhad over economic issues and have since expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting...

Iran Cracks Down, Blocks Social Media

Instagram, Telegram blocked after protesters use it to coordinate, publicize mass demonstrations

(Newser) - Iran state TV is reporting that authorities have blocked Instagram and the messaging app Telegram, reports the AP . State TV's website reported the decision Sunday, citing an anonymous source who said it was "in line with maintaining peace and security of the citizens." The source said: "...

Amid Deaths, Iran Warns Protesters Will 'Pay the Price'

2 people killed overnight as minister says 'such behavior will be smashed'

(Newser) - Two protesters taking part in demonstrations roiling Iran since Thursday were killed overnight, semi-official news agency Mehr reported Sunday, the first deaths attributed to the ongoing protests. In response, Tehran warned that protesters would "pay the price," reports CNN . Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli told official news agency IRNA...

Tehran Shuttered After Currency Protests

Police seek to keep peace at major bazaar

(Newser) - The effects of yesterday's protests —and clashes—over Iran's sinking currency are still being felt in Tehran, with the shops of the city's Grand Bazaar closed today. Police are patrolling the area, which is set to reopen Saturday. Meanwhile, trade groups are saying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's...

Protests Break Out in Iran Over Plummeting Currency

Riot police with demonstrators in Tehran

(Newser) - Iranian police in riot gear clashed with protesters in Tehran today, firing tear gas to try to get them to disperse, the BBC reports. Protesters took to the streets around a major bazaar to protest the plummeting rial , which has hit record lows against the dollar in recent days. Some...

Iranians Head to the Polls
 Iranians Head to the Polls 

Iranians Head to the Polls

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urges high turnout

(Newser) - Iran's supreme leader urged Iranians to vote in large numbers as the country holds parliamentary elections today, saying a high turnout would send a strong message to the enemies of the nation amid the nuclear standoff with the West. The balloting for the 290-member parliament is the first major...

Iran to Try Bush Officials for Human Rights Abuses

Trial designed to counter accusations of Tehran's own abuses

(Newser) - Iran intends to try 26 current or former US officials in absentia for human rights violations and forward its findings to international tribunals, one lawmaker said today. He didn’t specify which officials, but Reuters believes it’s likely to be the same people listed on a bill currently in...

Iran Willing to 'Slaughter' Rebels: Defector

Regime would be brutal in efforts to hold onto power: former vice consul

(Newser) - Iranians have been inspired by the successful revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, but a diplomat who defected last month warns that Iran's regime is a much more brutal one. Iran would "slaughter" rebels rather than cede control, says Ahmed Maleki, who served as vice consul in Iran's Milan consulate...

Iran Jails Opposition Leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karoubi
 Iran Reportedly Jails Mousavi 

Iran Reportedly Jails Mousavi

Tehran formally detains opposition leaders, wives

(Newser) - Iran is cracking down on its opposition today, jailing prominent leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, reports the AP. The pair and their wives were arrested and taken to Tehran's Heshmatiyeh jail, according to reformist website The two have been under house arrest for two weeks for...

Bachmann: Tax Code Is a WMD

Also, Obama makes Carter 'look like Rambo'

(Newser) - Michelle Bachmann labeled the US tax code as a “weapon of mass destruction," calling for “a radically different system” in a speech to GOP activists in South Carolina. The congresswoman slammed President Obama’s handling of protests in Egypt and Iran, saying he’s “making Jimmy...

Iranian Police Squash Protests
 Iranian Police Squash Protests 

Iranian Police Squash Protests

Anti-government rally in Tehran buckles under crackdown

(Newser) - The Iranians who took to the streets of Tehran yesterday for what was supposed to be a major protest met with thousands of security forces armed with clubs, tear gas, and Tasers, who broke up the gatherings, witnesses tell the Washington Post . There were also unconfirmed reports of gunshots, and...

Mousavi Goes Missing in Iran
 Mousavi Goes Missing in Iran 

Mousavi Goes Missing in Iran

Daughters fear he's been detained, along with his wife

(Newser) - Iran’s top opposition leader and his wife have gone missing, and their daughters fear they have been detained. Mir Hossein Mousavi hasn’t been seen or heard from since Tuesday, and security forces have surrounded his family home and cut all communications in and out, his daughters tell the...

Iran Prayer Chants Urge Opposition Leaders' Deaths

Thousands call for executions of Mousavi, Karroubi

(Newser) - During prayer services today in Tehran, thousands of worshipers chanted against two opposition leaders, the AP reports. They called for the execution of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi following protests this week that drew tens of thousands of supporters. Karroubi was quoted last night as saying he’d accept...

North Africa, Middle East Protests Heat Up: Unrest Continues in Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Iran, Iraq
 Protests Engulf Middle East 

Protests Engulf Middle East

Even Iran, Iraq seeing continued unrest

(Newser) - Unrest continues to spread through northern Africa and the Middle East, with protests rocking Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, Iran, and even Iraq. The latest from yesterday and today, from the New York Times , BusinessWeek , and AFP :
  • In Bahrain, the death toll after a surprise police attack on protesters rose to five.

Iranian Lawmakers: Execute Opposition Leaders

Hardliners call for leaders to face trial, death penalty

(Newser) - Inspired by Egypt , tens of thousands turned out yesterday for an opposition rally in Iran—leading some lawmakers to take an especially hard line against opposition leaders today, calling for them to stand trial and be put to death. Pro-government legislators chanted, "Death to Mousavi, Karroubi, and Khatami,"...

Cops Shoot Tear Gas at Iranian Protesters

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi's house blocked, phone lines cut

(Newser) - Hundreds of Iranian riot police shot tear gas at protesters in Tehran today, as thousands marched toward the city’s central square in a show of solidarity with Egypt. Some police rode motorcycles and wielded paintball guns, the New York Times reports. Protesters chanted “Death to the dictator”—...

Ahmadinejad Got Slapped for Sympathizing With Protesters
Ahmadinejad Got Slapped
for Siding With Protesters
WikiLeaks Reveal

Ahmadinejad Got Slapped for Siding With Protesters

Iranian president suggested more freedom would end riots

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, not necessarily known as a big softy, took a surprisingly sympathetic stance toward the protesters then filling the streets to protest his election—and got slapped across the face for his trouble. Ahmadinejad, in a meeting with the Supreme National Security Council, said the people felt "suffocated"...

A Year Later, Iran Tense, Quiet

Green Revolution muted as protests called off

(Newser) - A year to the day after mass protests erupted over election fraud, Mir Hossein Mousavi vowed that Iran's opposition would "continue our peaceful methods"—but the so-called Green Revolution whose momentum threatened to topple the presidency of Mahmoud Ahamdinejad appeared muted. A mass protest planned for today was...

Iran Tries to Jam Neda Documentary
 Iran Tries to Jam 
 Neda Documentary 
it's now on youtube

Iran Tries to Jam Neda Documentary

Persian network airs HBO film, and satellites go down

(Newser) - People throughout Iran sat down this week to watch HBO's new documentary about slain protester Neda Agha-Soltan—and lo and behold, satellites and electricity mysteriously went on the fritz. The Voice of America's Persian News Network aired the film Wednesday and got reports of jammed signals soon after it started,...

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