Iran warns protesters as post-vote trial starts


A trial began on Saturday of 16 opposition protesters charged over unrest connected with Iran's disputed June presidential election, with the Revolutionary Guards warning against further demonstrations.
Five of the defendants were charged with the capital offence of 'moharebeh' (waging war against God) while the remainder were accused of public order and national security offences, a court website said.
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on Saturday warned opposition groups not to stage protests on Feb. 11, the anniversary of the 1979 revolution that created the Islamic republic.
'Under no conditions will we let the 'green movement' show up ... Certainly, we won't witness such a thing and even if a minority wants to do something, it will be firmly confronted by us,' Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani, commander of Tehran Revolutionary Guards, was quoted as saying on semi-official news agency ISNA.
On Friday a conservative cleric urged the judicial authorities to execute more opposition protesters.
Fars also said security forces had obtained films and photographs from the 150 people detained which will help the identification of and arrests of 'a large number of additional rioters'.


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