Iranian officials announced that 140 detainees have been released from prison in Tehran, while some 200 are still being held. But the numbers announced by authorities and those given by protest leaders differ significantly. According to the latter, thousands are still being held and about 100 people have been killed during the election protests.
After crackdowns, deaths and the detention of 1,000 protesters and nine British Embassy employees, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei has warned the West of the power of the “united fist” of the Iranian people if it continues criticizing the Iranian election results. The announcement came after French firecracker President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday: “Really, the Iranian people deserve better than the leaders they have today.”
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demands a public apology from President Obama for “interfering” in Iran’s affairs, while the crackdown widens in the Islamic Republic. Here’s a report from Bloomberg on the latest happenings in Iran.