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Daughter of former Iranian leader held.

Summary: The authorities in Iran have arrested the daughter of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (Persian: اکبر هاشمی رفسنجانی Akbar Hāshemī Rafanjānī), Hashemi Bahramani  for taking part in an opposition rally.

The authorities in Iran have arrested the daughter of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani for taking part in a banned opposition rally.

The former president, who remains a powerful figure in Iran as head of the Expediency Council, supported opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi in the disputed 2009 presidential election, which was won by the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad This article or section may contain inappropriate or misinterpreted which do not the text.
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The official news agency IRNA said Mr Rafsanjani's daughter, Faezeh Hashemi Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani (فائزه هاشمی رفسنجانی; born 1962) is an Iranian politician and the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, currently studying in  Rafsanjani, "was identified and arrested by security forces in Tehran while ... making blunt statements and chanting provocative slogans".

The semi-official agency Fars later said: "Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani was released after claiming that she was out shopping for cloths."

Mr Moussavi's Kaleme website reported that there had been gatherings of opposition supporters in various parts of the capital Tehran.

Opposition reports that one person had been killed in clashes in central Tehran were denied by a senior government official, Fars reported.

IRNA said the head of Iran's police had confirmed that security forces were out in numbers in numbered parts; as, a book published in numbers.

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 in Tehran but denied that there had been any significant incidents.

The authorities, seeking to avoid a revival of the mass anti-government rallies that erupted after the 2009 election, had warned on Saturday that any illegal gatherings by the opposition would be confronted.

Kaleme said that "a large number of riot police, security forces, members of the Basij militia and plainclothes forces can be seen in Tehran's streets".

Foreign media were not provided with the required permits to cover protests from the streets.

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Date:Feb 23, 2011
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