Iran warns of action as opposition remains defiant

Iran said it is planning to take action against opposition leaders after MPs demanded they be executed.

Tehran: Iran said on Wednesday it is planning to
take action against opposition leaders after MPs demanded they
be executed, as the two former regime pillars defiantly
launched fresh anti-government tirades.

Clashes meanwhile erupted between regime backers and
"apparent" supporters of the opposition at a funeral attended
by thousands in Tehran of a student killed in anti-government
protests of Monday, state television reported.

Iran`s prosecutor general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie
warned that action would be taken against opposition leaders
Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who reject the
presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and who had called for
Monday`s demonstration which turned deadly.

"The heads of seditions are the people who should be
punished for their criminal acts and God willing actions in
this regard are being taken," Mohseni Ejeie said, according to
Fars news agency.

"People have given them their punishment, but people
also have a legitimate right to demand (punishment) from the
judiciary which we hope we would be able to fulfill."

Mohseni Ejeie said several people were arrested during
Monday`s protests but some were immediately released, adding
that some more arrests were expected.

"In general the anti-revolution current is behind
these events. Unfortunately, some have fallen in traps of
America," he said. Iranian officials accuse the United States,
Britain and Israel of influencing the opposition movement.
Thousands of anti-government protesters took to
streets of Tehran Monday and clashed with riot-police in which
two people were killed -- including the student buried today
-- and several wounded, officials and opposition websites say.

Among the wounded were nine members of the security
forces, one of whom was seriously hurt.

The protest, initially held under the pretext of
showing solidarity with Arab uprisings, were the first
anti-government demonstration since February 11, 2010 when
similar agitation was crushed by security forces and
militiamen.

But Karroubi and Mousavi came out fighting today,
issuing statements slamming the authorities and praising
demonstrators, after lawmakers the previous day demanded they
be executed for their role in Monday`s protests.

Karroubi said in a statement posted on his website
Sahamnews.org, he was ready to "pay any price."

"I declare that I am not afraid of any kind of threat
and as a soldier of this great nation for the past almost 50
years, I am ready to pay any price," he said.

"I am warning that before it is too late, take out the
buds from your ears and listen to the voice of the people.

Forcing violence and opposing peoples` wishes will last only
for a certain time," the cleric said.

PTI

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