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Angry scenes in Iran's Parliament after protests

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Angry scenes in Iran's Parliament after protests


There have been angry scenes in the Iranian Parliament as members took to the floor to condemn anti-government protests at the weekend.

State television showed parliamentarians calling for the opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mossavi and Mahdi Karroubi to face trial.

Both have been under house arrest for a week after asking for permission to protest.

There was chaos yesterday as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of central Tehran.

At least one person was killed in the unrest, which was prompted by recent events in Egypt. On Tuesday, an Iranian MP said that two people had been killed in the latest protests.

“Down with Khamenei”, they chanted, referring to Iran’s Supreme leader, the Ayatollah.

From the international community, there is support:

“What we see happening in Iran is a testament to the courage of the Iranian people and an indictment of the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime. A regime which, over the last three weeks, has constantly hailed what went on in Egypt and now, when given the opportunity to afford their own people the same rights as they called for on behalf of the Egyptian people, once again illustrate their true nature,” was the reaction from US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

The EU has added its voice, urging Tehran to respect citizens’ right to demonstrate.

This is the first time Iranians have taken to the streets since the crackdown on post-election protests in 2009, in which at least 30 people died.

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