Islamic tugs arrested more than 400 people, mostly youths, after clashes
in Tehran following Iran's 2-1 victory over Iraq in a World Cup football
qualifier. "These people have been accused with disturbing public
order," said Ebrahim Rezayi-Babadi, an Islamic head of vigilantes
group. Islamic militia fired tear-gas to break up a crowd of around
20,000 people celebrating in the capital's western Nur square, while
anti-riot forces clubbed dozens of supporters of all ages.
An Iranian journalist has been sentenced to six months in prison and
50 lashes, a punishment that the Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres
has condemned as "medieval."
Fatemeh Govarai, a journalist with the banned newspaper Omid-e-Zanan
was charged with publishing "false information" and "defamation"
about the Islamist militia - the Basiji and the Pasdaran, or Revolutionary
Iran's loss to Bahrain may have sparked the protest in the Iranian
capital, Tehran, for the second night running.
Thousands of young people, apparently angered by Iran's 3-1 defeat
by Bahrain in a World Cup football qualifying match on Sunday night,
took to the streets and clashed with the Islamic riot guards and vigilantes
forces on Monday evening.
On three separate nights in the past week there have been people uprising
in the Iranian capital Tehran and in other cities following World
Cup football qualification matches.
Tens of thousands of young people have taken to the streets of Iran
in the past week, causing some of the worst violence in the history
of the 22-year-old Islamic revolution.
The youths - both boys and girls - used two World Cup football-qualifying
fixtures as an excuse to reclaim the streets and assert their hunger
In Tehran, the young people braved tear gas and blows from the Islamic
security forces to cavort to the sound of the pop stars, blaring from
radios. Girls blew hooters at Islamic vigilantes armed with staves
while their boyfriends fought riot police with stones and homemade
Shock at a 3-1 loss against Bahrain on Sunday sparked two nights of
nationwide protests and the crowds returned to the streets on Wednesday
following a 1-0 victory against the Emirates.
Islamic Guards confiscated more than 1,000 satellite dishes as part
of an apparent crackdown to bar access to several overseas channels
run by Iranian opposition groups.
Some 150,000 dishes are expected to be confiscated. In 1995, the then-hard-line
parliament banned satellite dishes in an effort to purge Iran of freedom
of information, but the ban wasn't strictly enforced and rooftops
and balconies soon were filled with dishes.
Three Iranians were publicly flogged in Doroud, in the western Lorestan
They were given 100 lashes Monday, the daily said without specifying
the reason for the punishment.