Revolt

Iranian Police Clash With Protesters

Clashes in Tehran turned deadly Monday, as Iranian police reportedly fired tear gas, bullets, and paintballs onto protesters who swarmed the capital, inspired by Egypt's recent uprising. One person was reported dead after the clash, and witnesses say dozens were carted off in police vans. Riot police remained in central Tehran as the night wore on, and police surrounded Tehran University, Sharif University, and the houses of former President Mohammad Khatami and Abdollah Nuri, the former interior minister. Monday’s demonstrations, in which citizens shouted " death to the dictator," were the first major rebellion against the Iranian government since December 2009 when eight people were killed. Meanwhile, Iran’s main opposition leader, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, was placed under house arrest. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attacked the “hypocrisy” of the Iranian government, which claimed to support the Egyptian uprising in theory, while denying human rights in their own country.