Iran: Police Use Tear Gas to Break Up Rally

Iranian authorities used tear gas to disperse protesters gathered for Egypt-inspired demonstrations in central Tehran Monday.

The Wall Street Journal reported that protesters rallied in Tehran’s Enghelab or Revolution Square, chanting “death to the dictator” and “down with the Taliban, in Cairo and Tehran.”

Before the protests, state police placed opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi under house arrest to prevent them from participating in the rally in support of Egypt and Tunisia’s anti-government protests. They also cut off the leaders’ phone lines, UPI reports.

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