FACTBOX-Protests in Middle East and North Africa

Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:29pm GMT
 

Feb 15 (Reuters) - Here are details of some of the major protests against authoritarian governments, rising consumer prices, poverty and high unemployment around the Middle East and North Africa:

IRAN -- Iranian member of parliament Kazem Jalali on Tuesday was quoted as saying by ISNA, the student news agency, that two people were killed at a banned opposition rally in the Islamic state.

-- An opposition website said at least 1,500 were arrested while taking part in the banned protests.

-- Iranian lawmakers urged judiciary on Tuesday to hand out death penalties to opposition leaders for fomenting unrest.

-- "Death to the dictator," some protesters chanted, though in other places, demonstrators marched in silence. Among chants distributed in Internet videos, some demanded Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei should suffer the same fate as ousted presidents Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia: "Mubarak, Ben Ali, now it's your turn Sayyed Ali."

-- Security forces surrounded the Tehran houses of opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.

* BAHRAIN -- One person was killed when police in Bahrain clashed with mourners at the funeral of a Shi'ite protester shot dead during an anti-government "Day of Rage" on Feb. 14, witnesses and police said on Tuesday.   Continued...

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