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Clashes erupted between rival groups at funeral of Iranian protest victim

English.news.cn   2011-02-16 16:27:44 FeedbackPrintRSS

TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Clashes took place on Wednesday between students supporting the government and supporters of Iran' s opposition in Tehran university at the funeral of Iran's Monday protest victim, the state IRIB TV website reported.

"The students and people attending the funeral ceremony of Shahid (martyr) Sane' Zhaleh in Tehran Fine Arts University clashed with a few who were apparently from the sedition movement, " the report said.

Supporters of the government forced them out of the scene by " chanting the slogan of death to Monafegh (hypocrite)," referring to the dissident Paris-based People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI), said the report.

Sane' Zhaleh was shot dead during an opposition rally on Monday and the government blamed for anti-government protesters for the killing.

The marching mourners were also chanting the slogans of "death to Mousavi" and "death to Karroubi", two opposition leaders, said IRIB.

They also urged the judiciary system of the country to swiftly arrest and punish the "sedition leaders", referring to Mousavi and Karroubi.

Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, Iranian prosecutor general and judiciary spokesman, said Wednesday that "the sedition leaders should be punished for their criminal acts," according to IRIB.

"Those who followed the U.S. and Israel in the sedition movement last year and this year and committed this big crime should be prosecuted," said Mohseni-Ejei.

On Tuesday, majority of Iranian lawmakers urged the country's judiciary authorities to seriously punish the opposition leaders who called for the demonstration.

Sporadic clashes were reported to have taken place Monday in the capital Tehran between security forces and opposition protesters. The demonstration, called by the opposition leaders initially to show support for the demonstration in Egypt and Tunisia, later turned into protests against the Iranian government.

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said Tuesday that a number of security forces were wounded by gunshots and "two persons were martyred" in Monday's incidents.

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