Iran opposition says teargas fired at rally

Unconfirmed reports from Iran claim riot police have fired teargas at anti-government protesters in central Tehran. The claims cannot be independently verified, but Iran’s leaders said today they would tolerate no more unrest.

Violent protests last Sunday saw eight people killed and at least 20 arrested, including three senior advisers to opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi. He and another reformer, Mehdi Karoubi, are reported to have fled Tehran. Government loyalists want them executed for treason.

“The masterminds of some protest groups have been identified and some of them have been arrested,” said Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi. “We expect the judicial system to take tough action against them.”

Iran’s leaders also called on government supporters to take to the streets to drown out the protesters. They also accused the opposition of having links to Iran’s “foreign enemies”, and vowed to crack down without mercy unless the unrest stops.