CNN
December 27, 2009

[efoods]Several people were killed and more than 300 were arrested in anti-government protests in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday, Iran’s Deputy Police Chief Ahmad Reza Radan said on state television station IRINN.

The toll was the result of clashes that broke out between demonstrators and security forces as large crowds gathered for Ashura, a major religious observance.

Four people were reported killed in the fighting, according to Iranian state-run Press TV. A French government statement put the number of fatalities at eight. With tight restrictions on international media, CNN could not independently verify the casualties.

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