Celebration of 31st anniversary of Islamic revolution, clashes across Tehran

Security forces cracked down on opposition supporters as tens of thousands of Iranians gathered at a Tehransquare to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution of Iran on Thursday. According to sources, clashes continue across Tehran, particularly at Amir Abad, in the vicinity of the main Tehran University dormitories. Clashes also occurred at Vanak Square.

Opposition web sites stated that security forces fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters gathered in central Tehran. It has also been reported that prominent reformist politicians Mehdi Karroubu and formerPresident Mohammad Khatami were attacked.

Rahesabz, an opposition web site reported that Kahatami’s sister-in-law, Zahra Eshrangi, was detained along with her husband, Mohammad Reza Khatami. Eshrangi is the grand-daughter of the founder of Islamic Revolution, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

State television showed footage of men, women and children carrying banners reading “Death to America! Death to Israel!” as they headed to Azadi Square in southwest Tehran to mark the day the US-backed shah was toppled in 1979.

Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam, Iran’s national police chief, stated that a number of opposition activists have been detained before the event on Thursday. He added that the Revolutionary Guard and Basij militia were ready for any untoward incident. “If anyone wants to disrupt this glorious ceremony, they will be confronted by people and we too are fully prepared.”