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The battle for Tehran

Despite a violent crackdown, Iran's youth continue to defy the regime, and their leader stand firm. But as the death toll rises, what hope is there of a resolution? And are the protesters even agreed on what they want?

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On 20th June the popular agitation to overturn the results of Iran’s presidential election of eight days before, which millions of Iranians believe to have been rigged in favour of the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, entered a new phase. The accommodation between non-violent protestors and the authorities, who had tacitly permitted a week of huge, and generally good-natured, demonstrations, has now ended. The protest of 20th June was violently broken up by the security forces, leading to fighting in the streets and at least ten deaths.

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