Italian TV crew attacked by police in Tehran

June 14th, 2009 - 3:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Rome, June 14 (DPA) An Italian TV crew covering the unrest in Tehran has been attacked and injured by riot police, Italy’s foreign ministry said Sunday.
The journalists, from Rai 3 TV, were covering clashes between supporters of the defeated candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi and riot police deployed in the Iranian capital Saturday night following Friday’s disputed presidential election.

The cameraman was injured after being beaten on his back by riot police with batons. The officers also confiscated all recordings made of the protests, the TV station confirmed.

The ministry said its embassy in Tehran was aware of the incident.

Italy’s broadcasting union, Usigirai, along with the editorial staff of Rai 3, called the attack “unacceptable intimidation by the Iranian police”.

Tehran has seen its worst public unrest in 30 years after the official result of the election Saturday saw incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-elected with 62 percent of the vote - a margin of victory disputed by the opposition.

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