Police fire shots at Tehran protest, Moussavi warned over unrest

June 20th, 2009 - 10:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran/Berlin, June 20 (DPA) Eyewitness reports said Saturday that Iranian police have fired gunshots in the air at a demonstration in Tehran to disperse protestors.
Witnesses said supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi clashed with supporters of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

It is also believed that a building belonging to the Basij militia had been set on fire, but no independent confirmation was available.

The demonstration believed to be attended by several hundred people.

In another development, the country’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has warned Moussavi over renewed unrest, Moussavi’s website said Saturday.

SNSC secretary Abbas Mohtaj told Moussavi in a letter that in case of encouraging further illegal protest demonstrations, the opposition leader would be responsible for the consequences.

The SNSC letter fell in line with what Khamenei said Friday about the illegal nature of the demonstrations and his warnings to Moussavi and the opposition about the consequences.

Moussavi will make a statement later Saturday on his website and clarify whether his supporters should continue their protests or not.

Moussavi had reportedly sent a letter to the SNSC complaining about police violence against demonstrators protesting against alleged fraud in last week’s presidential election which led to the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Mohtaj said in the letter that instead of accusing police of violence, Moussavi should refrain from instigating and supporting illegal demonstrations.

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