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Police detain protesters in renewed clashes in Iran

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The political crisis in Iran has flared yet again with reports that further clashes have broken out in Tehran between authorities and pro-reform protesters.

Eyewitnesses said hundreds of riot police and plainclothes Basij militia had beaten and detained dozens of people. They had gathered to support opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who disputes his defeat in last months election. The latest violence follows yesterday’s challenge from former president Mohammad Khatami over the vote and the legitimacy of the government. He was the second senior figure to speak out after Hashemi Rafsanjani also questioned the elections fairness.