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New Clashes Reported In Iran

Witnesses say hundreds of protesters clashed in Tehran with riot police today.

Police reportedly shot in the air, fired tear gas, and used batons against protesters who have gathered in a square next to the parliament building in defiance of government orders to halt demonstrations.

Amateur video posted today showed young men and women throwing rocks and pushing barricades, one blazing, in the street. Others shouted: "Death to the dictator!"

The latest clashes came as Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the country's establishment will not yield to pressure over the disputed June 12 presidential election.

"The entire nation should respect the law. I have insisted and will insist on implementing the law on the election issue and on keeping the law of the country. Neither the establishment nor the nation will yield to pressure at any cost," Khamenei said.

Official results of the vote gave incumbent Mahmud Ahmadinejad a landslide victory.

Defeated candidate Mir Hossein Musavi has proposed an independent commission to review the results, but Khamenei rejected that idea.

Earlier today, another candidate, the conservative Mohsen Rezai, said he was withdrawing his complaints about alleged vote fraud for the sake of the country.

compiled from agency reports

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