Iranian opposition battles Ahmadinejad supporters at media fair
21:45 23/10/2009 TEHRAN, October 23 (RIA Novosti) - Followers of former Iranian presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi on Friday clashed with supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a media fair in Tehran.
The 16th International Fair of Press and News Agencies was disrupted after Karroubi supporters hailed his arrival and began chanting anti-government slogans.
Ahmadinejad supporters were also in the exhibition hall and attempted to attack Karroubi. Security forces were able to remove Karroubi from the hall safely.
Karroubi supporters also chanted anti-Russian slogans in protest at Russia's support for recent disputed presidential elections in Iran. Russian news agency RIA Novosti's exhibit was undamaged during the disturbances.
Ahmadinejad's re-election in June's polls triggered mass protests in which at least 27 people were killed. About 4,000 people were arrested in Iran's most severe unrest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|