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Iran's reformists detained after violent protests over election results

AT least 10 leaders and up to 100 members of Iran's reformist groups have been arrested after violent protests against the results of Friday's presidential election, local media reported today.

Thousands of people came out to the streets in Tehran yesterday to protest against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has won a landslide victory in the 10th presidential election and secured a second term for another four years.

The reformists who have been detained are supporters of defeated reformist presidential candidate and former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

Iran's official IRNA news agency reported that two of those arrested, Mostafa Tajzadeh and Mohsen Aminzadeh, were reformist leaders who were involved in orchestrating mass protests across the Iranian capital.

Iran's Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli said yesterday afternoon that Ahmadinejad has won 62.63 percent of the total votes counted, while Mousavi got 33.75 percent.

Mousavi, in a statement released yesterday on his website, protested "strongly" to the "obvious" violations in Iran' s presidential election, but later he also called on supporters to avoid violence.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday urged supporters of both the winner of Friday's presidential election and defeated candidates to avoid provocative behavior.


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