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IRAN: Video footage shows rowdy scenes and tumult at protest rally

February 14, 2011 |  9:34 am


Fresh video said to be from Monday's protest rallies in Tehran show scenes of chaos and tumult on the streets of the Iranian capital. In the footage above, purportedly filmed in Tehran on Monday, protesters are seen in the streets along with what appears to be burning garbage containers. According to a description of the clip, demonstrators are trying to build barricades in the streets.

Below, a video posted on the Facebook page of Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi is billed as showing protesters marching in a Tehran street on Monday, calling for the release of political prisoners. At one point in the video, the crowd suddenly turns and starts running in the opposite direction. According to Mousavi's Facebook page, they did so because they came under tear-gas fire. 


And below, a crowd of rally-goers are allegedly shown beating a member of the Basiji militia at an anti-government protest in Iran on Monday.


-- Alexandra Sandels in Beirut

Videos: YouTube