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Video by Los Angeles Times' correspondent Borzou Daragahi

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-14

In the wake of the disputed re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, supporters of defeated candidate Mirhossein Mousavi protest in Tehran for a second day. Iranian authorities say at least 60 protest organisers have been arrested.

AFP - Police fired tear gas on a crowd of about 200 stone-throwing people as renewed protests erupted in Tehran over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed election win, an AFP reporter said.

Shouting "Death to the dictator!" angry supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi lobbed stones at policemen who fired back with tear gas to break up the demonstration.

The latest violence erupted on the prominent Vali Asr Street, also the scene of riotiong on Saturday after Mousavi supporters took to the streets protesting at what they charge was a rigged election.

Policemen stormed into nearby shops and dragged out protestors who had taken shelter there, the correspondent said.

Tehran's deputy police chief Ahmad Reza Radan said the protestors were being "confronted firmly."

"Forces used tear gas in some areas to stop the unrest. The situation is under control," he said on state television

The AFP correspondent reported a heavy police presence some of the riot hit areas, including interior ministry, which is near Vali Asr Street.

Date created : 2009-06-14

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