Police clash with Iranian protesters as Tehran rally turns violent


Violence erupted in Tehran on Wednesday as Iranian security forces clashed with thousands of anti-government demonstrators who were seeking to disrupt a state-sponsored rally marking the 30th anniversary of the takeover of the US Embassy.

The activists were angry about the disputed presidential election in June, which led to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad winning a second term. According to various reports, riot police fired shots into the air and tear gas to disperse the crowd. In nearby Haft-e-Tir Square, several people were beaten and others pushed into a van by the law enforcement.

A video posted on the Guardian’s live blog appeared to show people bleeding from wounds after clashes with security personnel. There were also unconfirmed reports that Medhi Karoubi, an opposition leader and former Parliamentary Speaker, had been attacked.

November 4 has been a big day in Iran for the past three decades—ever since Islamic students stormed the U.S. embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

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