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Over 10,000 demonstrate in Tabriz despite severe repression

02 June 2006 [13:24] - TODAY.AZ
According to reports from Iran over 10,000 people demonstrated on Wednesday in Tabriz, provincial capital of East Azerbaijan, despite undeclared marshal law.

People took to the streets of central Tabriz chanting anti-regime slogans, NCRI informs.

Special guards intervened to disperse the crowd but they faced stiff resistance which led to clashes in many parts. According to eye witness accounts the sound of fire arms did not stop throughout the demonstration which lasted for hours. People attacked banks and other government buildings and broke their windows.

To neutralize the effect of tear gas, the young people set fire to tires on streets and clashed with the suppressive forces.

Similar protests were reported in Orumieh, Naghadeh and Ardabil, major cities in Azeri speaking provinces in northwestern Iran.

Security forces have been going door to door in Naghadeh in search for young people. Those found have been transferred to unknown locations. The regime is refusing to hand back corpses of those killed in Naghdadeh during riots over the past week and the lives of many wounded are threatened as they do not receive medical attention.



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