Tehran is a seething mass of people for the 31st anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution. President Ahmedinejad has used the occasion to again underline Iran’s determination to forge ahead with its nuclear programme.
In his speech he claimed Iran has already produced a batch of uranium enriched to 20 percent, and that it is ready to enrich to much higher levels. He also promised a tripling of production in the near future.
The President also lashed out at Israel, warning that if it attacked Iran then the nation should be prepared to retaliate and, in his words, finish off Israel once and for all.
Opposition claims on various websites say its demonstrations against the regime today have been attacked with gunfire and tear gas. The granddaughter of the father of the revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini, and her husband have reportedly been detained along with the son of leading opposition figure Medhdi Karoubi. The opposition also says security forces attacked Karoubi’s car, and former president Ali Khamenei.
The regime is currently facing its most intense internal criticism since the 19179 revolution when Khomenei returned from exile in France to seize power. But the opposition reports of a crackdown cannot be confirmed as foreign journalists were escorted into central Tehran and have been unable to report on events on the fringes of the celebrations.
Reports of crackdown as Iran marks revolution