Opposition Forces and Government Clash in Iran

At least eight Iranian protesters were reported to have been shot dead in Tehran today — including a nephew of the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi — during the fiercest protests in the capital since the immediate aftermath of June’s hotly disputed presidential election.

The shootings mean that the confrontation between the so-called Green movement and the regime has entered a dangerous and volatile new stage, with the security forces prepared to use lethal force in an increasingly desperate effort to crush a resurgent and emboldened opposition.

A reformist website said a nephew of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Tehran on Sunday.

Another opposition website said Sunday evening at least four protesters were killed in the northwestern city of Tabriz on Sunday during clashes between opposition supporters and security forces. "During clashes between security forces and protesters ... at least four protesters were killed in Tabriz and many others wounded," said the Jaras website, which earlier reported four protesters were killed in Tehran.