Violent Protests in Iran Carry Into Second Day

Robert F. Worth in the New York Times:

ScreenHunter_01 Dec. 09 09.38 Monday’s protests showed a striking escalation in direct attacks on the country’s theocratic foundation and not just on the June presidential election, which the opposition has attacked as fraudulent.

The new violence came as Iran’s chief prosecutor, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejehi, warned of even harsher measures if the protests did not cease.

“So far, we have shown restraint,” Mr. Mohseni-Ejehi said, according to IRNA. “Anyone who in any way endangers security must be dealt with.”

On Monday, protesters burned pictures of Ayatollah Khamenei, and even the father of the 1979 revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. They held up Iranian flags from which the “Allah” emblem, added after the revolution, had been removed.

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