Worldwide support is growing for the protesters in Tehran. Iranians living outside the country have been staging demonstrations to show their support. In Berlin, people took to the streets with placards and banners to voice their solidarity with the anti-government protesters.
At least 10 leading opposition figures have been arrested in Iran. President Barack Obama called for their release: “We call upon the Iranian government to abide by the international obligations that it has to respect the rights of its own people. We call for the immediate release of all who have been unjustly detained within Iran.”
The anti-government protests erupted during the Shi’ite muslim festival of Ashura. Eight people, including the nephew of opposition leader, Mirhossein Mousavi, were killed in the violence.
On Monday, thousands of people who support the government held an anti-riot rally in the capital, which was broadcast on Iranian state TV.