Iran Arrests Hundreds, Admits Vote Errors
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
Iranian election officials announced over the weekend that in 50 districts, there were more votes cast than voters. It’s a glimmer of hope for protesters, who stayed home Sunday as the government flooded the streets of Tehran with security personnel. State media reported the arrest of 457 people following Saturday’s violence.
AFP via Google:
As the nation’s Islamic rulers struggle to contain the biggest upheaval since the 1979 revolution, the election watchdog the Guardians Council acknowledged discrepancies in the June 12 presidential vote but insisted they would not change the overall results.
Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has led a wave of massive protests over what he says was a rigged election that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, urged supporters to continue demonstrating but to adopt “self-restraint” to avoid more bloodshed.
State radio said at least 457 people had been detained in clashes around Tehran’s Azadi square on Saturday which left 10 people dead and at least 100 more wounded.
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