Fresh clashes have been reported in Iran, shortly after the country’s Supreme Leader again refused to give ground over the disputed presidential poll.
While pictures from state-run TV don’t show disturbances, some eyewitnesses say police used teargas and beat demonstrators gathered near parliament. The opposition has called a mourning ceremony today for protesters killed since the election on June 12. Amateur footage of the young Iranian woman Neda has been viewed around the world on the Internet. With the leadership having largely succeeded in taking back control of the streets, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is standing firm. “Neither the establishment nor the nation will yield to pressure, at any cost,” he said, as once again Tehran blamed the discontent on foreign powers. In Brussels, the head of the European Parliament has offered to lead an EU mission to help defuse tension in Iran. Hans-Gert Pottering was meeting the Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Abadi. She earlier addressed demonstrators gathered outside the European parliament. The human rights activist has criticised Iranian authorities’ hardline response to the protests and demanded new elections be held.