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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Anti-regime protests on night of Ashura at Tehran's Kaj Square

On Sunday, at around 20:30 local time, a large number of people in Tehran gathered at Kaj Square, northwest of Saadat Abad, and chanted anti-regime slogans. Drivers honked their horns in support of the people. Protestors chanted, “Muharram is the month of blood, Yazid will be overthrown,” comparing Yazid, the 7th century tyrant and caliph, to the clerical regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. They also chanted, “O, Hojjat Ibn al-Hassan, uproot the source of injustice,” “Death to Khamenei,” and other anti-Khamenei slogans.

State Security Forces (SSF), the paramilitary Bassij Force, and plainclothes agents who had masked their faces, used knives and nunchucks to attack and strike at protestors. A number of the protestors were injured and at least one person was arrested. The Bassij agents also broke the windshield and windows of cars that honked their horns in support of the protestors.

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