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MID: Police clash with Tehran protesters: witnesses

By Ali Akbar Dareini And Nasser Karimi
20 Jun 2009 11:33 PM

TEHRAN, Iran, June 20 AP - Witnesses say police are using tear and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters rallying in Tehran to demand a new presidential election.

English-language state TV says a blast at the Tehran shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini wounded two people. The report could not be independently confirmed.

Eyewitnesses contacted by The Associated Press say the protesters gathered in central Tehran on Saturday in open defiance of the cleric-led government.

They say a crowd of 3,000 chanted "Death to the dictator!" and "Death to dictatorship!" near Revolution Square in central Tehran before police used the tear gas and cannon.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned opposition leaders on Friday to end street protests or be held responsible for any "bloodshed and chaos" to come.