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Iran MPs slam anti-government protests
Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday denounced defeated presidential candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi's call for illegal rallies and called for their prosecution.
Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:46AM
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Iranian lawmakers have condemned Monday's anti-government protests which led to the death of one person and injuring of several others in the capital Tehran.


The parliamentarians on Tuesday denounced defeated presidential candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi's call for illegal rallies and called for their prosecution, IRNA reported.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also condemned the protests and blamed the United States and Israel for the move.

Meanwhile, Iranian Prosecutor General and Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said that the Judiciary will “firmly and swiftly” deal with those behind the riots.

He further pointed out that the anti-government protests were sponsored by the United States and anti-revolution currents.

Anti-government groups, including members of the anti-Iran terrorist group Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), staged riots in Tehran on Monday.

The rioters opened fire on bystanders, killing one and leaving several other people injured as well.

Iranian Deputy Police Chief Brigadier-General Ahmad Reza Radan told reporters on Tuesday that nine security forces were among the injured.

He further explained that several people were also arrested in the Monday riots.

This came as small groups of supporters of Mousavi and Karroubi gathered in parts of the Iranian capital.

The opposition had asked for permission to hold a public rally "in support of the people in Tunisia and Egypt” but Iranian officials refused to give permission and declared all such rallies illegal.

The Iranian government said that no more demos were needed as the Iranian people already expressed their solidarity with the Egyptians and Tunisians on February 11 on the sidelines of rallies marking the 32nd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

Meanwhile, counter-demonstrations were held to denounce the move by the opposition to disrupt public order, and condemn the riots by the supporters of the defeated candidates.

Iran has repeatedly condemned Western countries, in particular the US and Britain, for supporting post-vote riots that erupted following the June 2009 presidential election, which resulted in the victory of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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