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Death Toll Rises to 10 as Clashes in Iran Intensify
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Source: New York Times

BEIRUT, Lebanon Iranian police opened fire into crowds of protesters in Tehran on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and setting off a day of chaotic street battles that seemed poised to deepen the countrys civil unrest, as demonstrators in cities across Iran flooded the streets and fiercely fought back against security forces, witnesses and opposition Web sites said.

The protests, on the holiday commemorating the death of Hussein, Shiite Islams holiest martyr, were the bloodiest and among the largest since the uprisings that followed Irans disputed presidential election last June, witnesses said. Hundreds of people were reported wounded, and the Tehran police said they had made 300 arrests.

The Iranian authorities decision to fire into crowds on the sacred Ashura holiday infuriated many Iranians, and some said the violence appeared to be galvanizing more traditional religious people who have not been part of the protests so far. The Shahs forces never fired on protesters during Ashura, wary of violating the days strictures against violence.

In Tehran, thick crowds marched down a central avenue in mid-morning, defying official warnings of a harsh crackdown on protests as they chanted death to Khamenei! referring to Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. . . .

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Wow. We are witnessing history, my friends.
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