Iran Activists Arrested as Death Toll Hits 10

Aides to opposition leader detained in major security crackdown
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2009 3:52 AM CST

The death toll from yesterday's clashes between Iranian protesters and security forces has hit 10, as police today rounded up and arrested some 300 people, including three top aides to opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi. Hundreds of protesters were wounded in yesterday's confrontations across the country. Police opened fired directly into crowds of protesters, and photographs and videos of the violence and the victims are being widely circulated today.

Some videos show protesters fighting back and some officers appear to abandon their posts. The decision by authorities to fire on protesters during yesterday's Ashura holiday infuriated many Iranians, and may have pushed more citizens into the activist camp, reports the New York Times.
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