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Iran Makes Arrests Before Revolution Day Rally

Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 09:15 AM

TEHRAN — Iran's police chief said several people were arrested while making preparations for anti-government protests on Thursday, when the nation marks the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam said that some people "intended to have deviant slogans" on Thursday when state-sponsored marches take place across Iran to mark the anniversary of the revolution which toppled the shah in 1979.

"There is good intelligence control on their behaviour... and some people who were preparing equipment in this regard (making banners and posters) have been arrested," Moghaddam told Fars news agency on Wednesday, without giving numbers or details of what preparations the detainees were making.

He also issued a warning that authorities will crack down on anyone staging demonstrations against the government or President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- the main target of protests since his disputed June re-election.

"If anyone wants to disrupt this glorious ceremony, they will be confronted by people and we too are fully prepared," the police chief warned.

Opposition supporters have since June taken every opportunity to stage protests against Ahmadinejad, whose re-election they say was massively rigged.

Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have urged a large turnout by their supporters on Thursday.

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds wounded in protests since the June 12 presidential election.

In the latest flare-up, eight people died in clashes between police and protesters on December 27 when opposition supporters used the annual Shiite Ashura ceremonies to stage anti-government rallies.

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TEHRAN — Iran's police chief said several people were arrested while making preparations for anti-government protests on Thursday, when the nation marks the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
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