Former opposition candidate Karroubi beaten during visit at media fair


thePublished in “Der Standard” (Austria) on October 24 2009

Heavy police presence stops protest at media fair
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After leaving the media fair, a supporter of Ahmadinejad threw a shoe at Karroubi

Tehran/Brussels – On Friday, heavy skirmishes took place between supporters and opponents of the Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi. As reported by news agency ISNA, the fights began when Karroubi arrived at a fair in Tehran, and his supporters chanted slogans. As a result, the defied candidate of the presidential elections in June had to leave the premises, and apparently he also got beaten.

Photos show the cleric without his white turban and with a red scratch in his face. According to news agency Mehr, the police did not arrest anybody, and claimed that Mr Karroubi’s appearance at the fair had caused the fights.

The European Union on Friday expressed concerns about the human rights violations committed by the Iranian government in the context of the controversial presidential election of June 12. The Swedish EU Concil Presidency in a statement condemned the “continuing arrests” of journalists and human rights activists. (APA/AFP)


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