NY Times: Protests in Tehran and various Iranian cities

Anti-regime protesters gathered throughout parts of Iran on Sunday, most concentrated in the capital Tehran, the New York Times reported.

The paper said the regime “mounted a stultifying security presence in the capital, with the police making arrests and using tear gas to try to prevent the unrest from escalating.”

“Despite a steady rain, large crowds gathered intermittently throughout Tehran, from the main thoroughfare to city squares,” it said citing witnesses and news reports.
“There were reports of police officers firing on the crowds, although those could not be confirmed, because most foreign journalists were not allowed to report in Iran.”

The Times cited other witnesses as saying “that ambulances were driven into the crowds. Security forces, including riot-control units on motorcycles, deployed tear gas to disperse crowds in several places, including near Valiasr Square and Vanak Square.”

“Plainclothes officers stopped and frisked people on the streets and removed people from vehicles, witnesses said.”

“The protests and forceful security crackdowns were not limited to Tehran, but also took place in other major cities, including Mashad, Shiraz, Isfahan, Rasht and Tabriz. Witnesses also reported protests in Marewan, a province in the Kurdistan region.”

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