More killed in Iran's bloody protests

Several dead and scores injured, Ahmadinejad warns US and UK over interferring.
More killed in Iran's bloody protests
By Elsa Baxter
Sun 21 Jun 2009 12:41 PM

Several people were killed and scores more injured during violent clashes between supporters of Iran’s reformist opposition leader and riot police in Tehran.

Iranian state television reported that up to 10 people were killed and more than 100 injured during bloody street battles in the capital on Saturday.

Riot police are said to have fired live bullets, water cannons and tear gas into the crowds in an attempt to halt the mob of thousands, who have defied official moves to ban protests.

Reuters reported on Sunday that state television called the protesters “terrorist groups”.

"In the unrest leading to clashes 10 people were killed and more than 100 wounded. The presence of terrorists ... in yesterday's event in Enghelab and Azadi avenues was tangible.”

Another channel, the English-language Press TV, said protesters had set two gas stations on fire and attacked a military post.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the United States and Britain to stop interfering in Iran’s internal affairs after, the ISNA news agency said.

"Definitely by hasty remarks you will not be placed in the circle of friendship with the Iranian nation. Therefore I advise you to correct your interfering stances," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a meeting with clerics and scholars.

His comments come after US President Barack Obama warned Iran that the “world is watching” its actions in an interview last week with CBS News.

He was speaking about the violent protests which rocked the capital last week following the landslide re-election of Ahmadinejad. Mousavi has called for the poll to be annulled, saying the vote was rigged, which the Iran government denies.

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