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Witnesses say Iranian police disperse protesters

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Witnesses say Iranian security forces have fired paint balls to break up anti-government protesters in one of the first clashes during ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Witnesses say that riot police fired the paint-filled balls after protesters began to chant opposition slogans in Sadeqieh Square, which is about a half-mile from a huge pro-government gathering where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech on Thursday.

Witnesses say there were no apparent injuries among the several hundred protesters.

Iranian authorities have deployed a massive security force to try to crush expected anti-government rallies on the most important day of the Iranian political calendar.


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