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BLOCK: And, Thomas, why don't you describe yesterday's protests - the size and the scope of them?
THOMAS ERDBRINK: Those people gathered along Tehran's central boulevard, the Enghelab Revolution Street, where they tried to basically pass a route from an eastern square all the way to a square in the western part of town. And all along that route, there were many, many people and many skirmishes also with security forces.
BLOCK: And from what you've been able to tell, how did the government respond? How much of a crackdown was there?
ERDBRINK: What witnesses told me was that people attacked members of the Basij, and today, authorities said that at least one of those Basijs has died.
BLOCK: The opposition leaders, whom you mentioned, Thomas, Mousavi and Karroubi, they've been put under house arrest. Is that correct?
ERDBRINK: What is happening now is that after Monday's protests, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has publicly said that he wants to give the opposition leaders a chance to return in the warm embrace of the system and now has to make a decision whether these opposition leaders will be arrested, which might spark new protests, or whether they can remain under a sort of house arrest, which might make Iran's leaders not give a very clear signal to their supporters. So that's a very tough decision that's upcoming now.
BLOCK: Thomas, you saw these big demonstrations in Tehran yesterday. It sounds like a pretty quiet day there today. Is there a sense in Tehran that these protests will build, that you'll see waves of demonstrations, as you saw back in 2009?
ERDBRINK: No. I actually don't expect to see a wave of protests. Now, we mustn't forget it could be - if, for instance, the opposition leaders are arrested in the coming week, that that will lead to new protests, but for now, no new dates have been planned.
BLOCK: Thomas, thanks very much.
ERDBRINK: Thank you.
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