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IRAN: Tehran braces for violence as state media warns of "bloodshed" [Update]

February 20, 2011 | 12:51 am

Tehran is bracing for what are expected to be widespread anti-government protests, but before anyone took to the streets the semi-official Fars News Agency was already warning of violence.

"The MKO [a banned anti-government group], in collaboration with seditionists, are planning to act according to a scenario in which pocket gatherings in different parts of the city...will carry out massive killings with their armed struggle to create bloodshed," the report said (Persian link).

On Monday, at least two people were killed when police and protesters clashed. [Updated 8:30 a.m. Sunday: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said three people were killed Monday.]

--Meris Lutz in Beirut