Iran’s Leadership Cracks Down

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
By Paul Martin

In Aftermath of Protests, State Makes More Arrests, as White House Sharpens Support of the Opposition

By FARNAZ FASSIHI
WSJ.com

The Iranian government threatened opposition leaders with execution and made a fresh wave of arrests, a day after the largest protests in a year prompted clashes in which at least two people were killed and dozens injured.
Tehran and other Iranian cities quieted down on Tuesday as the opposition regrouped and assessed the impact of the rallies that brought tens of thousands of people into the streets across the country.
The protesters, buoyed by activism across the Middle East, were confronted forcefully by police and antiriot forces, which used guns, tear gas and electric prods to disperse them. The demonstrators had called for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down.

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