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Iran cracks down harder on Karroubi

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One of Iran’s most prominent opposition leaders, Mehdi Karroubi, has had his house arrest in Tehran tightened.

No-one is being allowed to visit the 72-year old former parliamentary speaker, including members of his family and his wife, who is with him, is afraid that if she leaves their home she will not be allowed back in.

The move appears to be an official response to the unrest in Tunisia and Egypt, although Tehran has refused to make any statement on the arrest.

Karroubi cannot be interviewed, but euronews was able to contact his wife by phone.

“There have been officers in front of our house for months and they prevented family guests from entering but since yesterday, they have increased in number. I have not left home since last night and my children who were trying to visit, were not allowed to get near the front door,” said Fatemeh Karroubi.

The opposition has called for a St Valentine’s day demonstration on February 14 in support of the Tunisian and Egyptian people. The regime has insisted any show of support should be during the February 11 Islamic Revolution celebrations.