on the streets

New Wave of Protests in Iran

The unrest in Iran continues. Apparently the government raided university dormitories overnight and arrested two pro-reform figures. The BBC reports that Mir Hossein Mousavi supporters will protest in Tehran today, and Tuesday's demonstrations are believed to have been peaceful. On top of that, Mousavi has disobeyed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's request that Iranian candidates refrain from riling up their supporters and avoid "any action that would create tension". The Associated Press reports that Mousavi has asked supporters to join peaceful protests or gather in mosques on Thursday to mourn those killed during demonstrations. If supporters do as he asks, it will mark six straight days of demonstrations. Due to a government crackdown on foreign media, the protests have been difficult to cover. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, "In the elections, voters had different tendencies, but they equally believe in the ruling system and support the Islamic Republic."