“Security forces in Iran have arrested two prominent outspoken critics of the government in the wake of opposition protests that left as many as eight people dead. Ebrahim Yazdi, who served as foreign minister in the early months of Iran’s 1979 revolution, and Emadeddin Baghi, a human rights campaigner and journalist, were arrested on Monday, according to the pro-opposition Rahesabz website. Security forces also reportedly stormed a series of opposition offices and rounded up at least seven activists. The crackdown follows fierce clashes at street protests during the Shia Muslim festival of Ashoura. The 35-year-old nephew of Mir Hossein Mousavi, a defeated candidate in June’s disputed presidential election and the leader of the the subsequent opposition movement. The Parlemannews website said that Seyyed Ali Mousavi, was shot near his heart during clashes at Enghelab square ‘and was martyred after he was taken to Ebnesina hospital’. State television attributed his death to ‘unknown assailants’. Reports of violence, including that police fired on protesters during the protests, could not be independently verified because foreign media are banned from covering protests.”
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