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Opposisjonen i Iran har tillyst en sympatidemonstrasjon med Egypt mandag. Revolusjonsgarden har lovet å knuse den. Flere er allerede arrestert.

Det er ett år siden opposisjonen greide å arrangere en større demonstrasjon. Begivenhetene i Egypt har utløst et ønske om å gjøre noe.

Iran’s regime has embarked on arrests and threats in a move to prevent any revival of street protests after Mir-Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the two main opposition leaders, urged the government last week to issue a permit so Iranians could rally in support of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Mr Karroubi has been under house arrest since Thursday, unable even to see his children with limited access to telephone, according to opposition websites.

There were no reports on any new restrictions on Mr Moussavi other than the semi-house arrest he has been enduring for months.

At least eight reformist politicians and journalists, including a former minister of welfare who is also the brother-in-law of Mr Moussavi, have been detained since Wednesday.

It has been about a year since the last major post-election street protests in Iran. Tehran responded to seven months of protests with a brutal crackdown that saw thousands arrested and dozens of people killed.

Supporters of Mr Moussavi and Mr Karroubi on their blogs, Facebook and Twitter posts have started encouraging people not to be scared of any crackdown. Iran’s reformists regret that they faced much more brutality in Iran in comparison with Egyptians and Tunisians.

Mr Karroubi said “the worst and most brutal methods were adopted against Iran’s opposition but the violence in Egypt was normal for a dictatorial regime”.

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