Iranian Protesters Ask For Release of Opposition Leaders Host Melissa Block speaks with Thomas Erdbrink, correspondent for the Washington Post, about arrests of Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi — which spurred protests today in Tehran.

Iranian Protesters Ask For Release of Opposition Leaders

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.


To Iran now. Today, anti-government protestors clashed with police in the capital, Tehran.

BLOCK: And, Thomas, tell us how big were these protests today? And how did the Iranian government respond?

BLOCK: And the security forces had trouble containing them, the witnesses told me. And they also described several clashes in which the security forces used tear gas and batons to try and discourage the protestors.

BLOCK: And were there reports of casualties?

BLOCK: I have not heard reports of casualties. Again, it's very difficult for me to oversee what has happened, and on how many locations the protests have taken place. But what I have heard is several arrests have taken place in several parts of the city. And I can fairly say that it runs into the dozens of people that have been arrested today.

BLOCK: What is the Iranian opposition saying, first?

BLOCK: So both men, both Mousavi and Karroubi and their wives have, it seems, gone missing.

BLOCK: Has the opposition called for ongoing protests in Tehran?

BLOCK: So it is unclear who is leading this. And I think this also makes it problematic for the demonstrators because when do you go out and when do you stay at home?

BLOCK: I've been talking with Thomas Erdbrink from Tehran. He's a correspondent there for The Washington Post. Thomas, thanks very much.

BLOCK: Thank you.

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