Iran police arrest dozens of protesters: opposition

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Iran police arrest dozens of protesters: opposition

Iran police arrest dozens of protesters: opposition

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/14/us-iran-opposition-idUSTRE71D1RT20110214?WT.tsrc=Social%20Media&WT.z_smid=twtr-reuters_%20com&WT.z_smid_dest=Twitter

"Death to the dictator," some of the Tehran protesters chanted, though other demonstrators marched in silence. Some chants drew comparisons between the Iranian leadership and the autocrats deposed in recent weeks in Tunis and Cairo.

Amnesty International condemned the authorities' reaction: "Iranians have a right to gather to peacefully express their support for the people of Egypt and Tunisia," it said.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia against secular, Western-allied rulers an "Islamic awakening," akin to the 1979 revolution that overthrew the U.S.-backed shah in Iran.

But the opposition see events in Tunisia and Egypt as being like their own protests after the June 2009 election which they say was rigged in favor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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