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TURMOIL IN IRAN

Protesters Will Face Trial

Ayatollah Khamenei's lengthy address to the nation on Friday turned out to be a hard-line call for vigilante justice from the Basij militia, as well as an ominous promise to brutally punish protesters swept up in the oppression. Now, Iran's judiciary will establish a special court to handle those arrested during the protests, the LA Times reports. The actual number of those detained remains unclear, though somewhere between 500 and 1,000 were arrested on Saturday alone. Despite the crackdown, Mir-Hossein Mousavi exhorted his supporters to continue non-violent protests, saying they should "not become irritated by those who try to make you hopeless and intimidate you." The Guardian Council, which admitted to voter fraud in 50 cities, is expected to make a final announcement about the legitimacy of the election on Wednesday.

June 22, 2009 12:45 PM