View Full Version : 'Mousavi under house arrest, 10 reformist heads rounded up'

06-14-2009, 04:37 AM
Following the heaviest unrest in Teheran for years sparked by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidential election victory, Mir Hossein Mousavi, the main election challenger who had earlier rejected the results as fraudulent, was put under house arrest .

Mass turnout in Iran's election Some reports said Mousavi had been detained en route to see Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. In addition, Iranian police arrested at least 10 leaders of two reformist groups who backed Mousavi, a party member claimed.

"At least 10 members of the Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Islamic Revolution Mujahedeen Organisation were arrested yesterday," Rajab Ali Mazroei, a member of the front told us.

On Saturday, three protesters were reportedly killed by police in the capital following official Iranian claims that Ahmadinejad's had won Friday's presidential elections by a landslide, but many sections of central Teheran appeared calmer after midnight, with no signs of open clashes. However, the mood remained tense. Large groups of riot police patrolled the streets, moving along drivers who had been honking their horns in apparent protest.

Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president and head of the Expediency Council - Iran's top political arbitration body, resigned from his office, reportedly in protest over the results.

Mousavi's supporters clashed with police and set up barricades of burning tires throughout Saturday.

By nightfall, cell phone service appeared to have been cut in Teheran, as helmeted police on foot and others on buzzing motorcycles chased bands of protesters. Officers beat protesters with swift blows from their truncheons and kicks with their boots. Some of the demonstrators grouped together to charge back at police, hurling stones.