A day after Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a stern warning to the country’s warring opposition, riot police on Tuesday reportedly arrested scores of pro-reform protesters in Tehran after the agitation took a violent turn.
Police used force to disperse a protest march, reported Reuters citing witnesses.
“Riot police are taking dozens of protesters into their cars and they are taking them away,” the witness was quoted as saying. A strong posse of riot police and plain clothes policemen were “beating people,” the witness added.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election sparked protests after his main opponent Mir Hossein Mousavi cast aspersions over the result.
According to the BBC, pro-reform supporters are now being urged to turn off lights and domestic appliances at 2055 local time (2255 IST).
Five minutes later, the reformists will switch on all power guzzling appliances, such as irons, toasters and microwave ovens.
Protest leaders hope that the spurt in demand would breach power supply and the darkness in Tehran would allow protesters to swarm the streets.