New Anti-Government Protests Sparked in Iran

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Despite being threatened with their lives, hundreds and perhaps thousands of anti-government protesters were once again taking to the streets of Iran, Thursday.

The protests, which began after last month's disputed presidential election, had grown quiet in recent days.

Iran has just about banned or arrested the journalists who report to the western news media, leading to overwhelming reports from Iranian "citizen journalists" on sites like Facebook and YouTube.

Some sources say a few hundred people protested this week while others report 2,000-3,000.

The protestors report they or others have been attacked by authorities, both uniformed and non-uniformed, like the feared Basij militia. There have also been clubbings and arrests, and tear gas has been used to disperse demonstrators.

Thursday's demonstrations were to mark the 10th anniversary of the 1999 student protests that led to a massive crackdown that year. It started when authorities closed down a reformist student newspaper then raided a dorm and set off huge demonstrations.

There was reportedly a new element in Thursday's protests-- demonstrators yelling "Death to the dictator!" Many say those will be like fighting words to the Iranian regime and likely lead to an even greater crackdown.

The governor of Tehran has already warned against any attempts to protest.

"If some individuals plan to have anti-security move through listening to a call by counter-revolutionary networks, they will be smashed under the feet of our aware people," he said.

But Iran's protestors are not alone.

In Washington, D.C., and other cities across the U.S. and world, fellow demonstrators also took to the streets in an effort to show solidarity with the demonstrators in Iran.

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