Iran curbs rallies and media after Mahmoud Ahmadinejads re-election
Irans regime sought to regain the initiative in the face of growing opposition protests by thwarting plans for another mass rally against election-rigging, arresting alleged ringleaders and cracking down on the international media. One day after eight protesters were shot dead during a huge demonstration against President Ahmadinejads disputed re-election, the regime barred all foreign journalists from the streets of Tehran in a move that gives the security forces much more freedom to crush dissent with overwhelming force. It ruled that those foreign journalists remaining in the capital, and the Iranians employed by them, could work only in their offices and conduct interviews by telephone. Scores have already had to leave because the Government would not renew the ten-day visas that they were given to cover last Fridays vote. The regime foiled an attempt to repeat Mondays demonstration in support of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the former Prime Minister, who claims that he was cheated of victory last Friday by widespread vote-rigging. It organised a big rally of Ahmadinejad supporters in Vali Asr Square in Tehran barely an hour before tens of thousands of Mousavi supporters were due to gather there. With passions so inflamed, Mr Mousavi cancelled his rally to protect lives and to avoid further confrontation with the security forces and Mr Ahmadinejads followers. A much smaller march took place elsewhere in Tehran. The Government also arrested what the state media described as <b>...</b>
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