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December 21, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Tehran and Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Tens of thousands of opposition supporters today took to the streets of Qom, Iran's main theological center, to mourn the passing of the country's top dissident cleric, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died at age 87 late Saturday. Witnesses described a steady procession of mourners in Qom walking from Montazeri's home to the shrine of Fatemeh Masoumeh, where he was laid to rest. Despite the presence of security forces, many chanted anti-government slogans and carried green ribbons and banners signifying allegiance to the opposition movement that sprang out of Iran's disputed June presidential elections.
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October 17, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Sergei Udaltsov, a Russian opposition leader, was detained and interrogated for several hours Wednesday by authorities investigating whether he and colleagues were plotting to organize mass disturbances. Udaltsov was eventually released, investigators said, based on a pledge that he not leave Moscow until the investigation has concluded. The inquiry, the latest sign of a Kremlin crackdown on opposition advocates, was launched this month after NTV, a government-friendly television network, aired a documentary in which Udaltsov and associates allegedly discussed organizing mass disorder and seizing power in some Russian cities.
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February 18, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of Iranian government supporters gathered for a Friday prayer sermon rally meant to counter the resurgent opposition movement that staged a boisterous and scattered day of protests this week. But Iranian authorities Friday appeared to have backed off calls to execute Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the opposition leaders who called for the protests held Monday. The two reformist politicians, now under virtual house arrest, have called on supporters to head to the streets again Sunday.
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September 24, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW — The long months of political protest in Russia last winter and spring against the rule of Vladimir Putin were followed by a summer of relative quiet from the opposition. Even the recent return of demonstrators to the streets during a Sept. 15 rally left many wondering if the movement to oust Putin that looked potent early this year is in crisis. Among those with doubts about the street protests is Vladimir Milov, 40, chairman of the opposition party Democratic Choice. From 1997 to 2002 he worked in the government, ending up as deputy energy minister.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi
With street protests raging in Iran, political activism is on the rise among Los Angeles' already vocal Iranian American community. Flag-waving demonstrators clad in the opposition movement's signature green have been a common sight outside the Federal Building in Westwood, and Iranian-language media is abuzz with debate. But when it comes to the three young American hikers being held in Iran on espionage charges the community has been decidedly silent. No large demonstrations, little conversation, virtually no push for action.
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May 20, 1986
Opposition supporters protesting 38 years of martial law staged the first organized anti-government demonstration in Taiwan since 1979. Police cordoned off a temple in Taipei, where about 200 members of an opposition movement known as tangwai (outside the party) had gathered, but no arrests or violence were reported. The protesters sang songs and chanted such slogans as "Freedom and democracy," dispersing after police thwarted their efforts to march on government buildings.
WORLD
October 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe swore in two vice presidents despite a deadlock in power-sharing talks with the opposition movement, heightening the tensions threatening to unravel the negotiations. The opposition called the swearing-in ceremony an act of bad faith. The move also was condemned by the European Union. The new vice presidents are Joyce Mujuru and Joseph Msika. The power-sharing agreement gave those posts to Mugabe's party, but the opposition said the president should not have gone ahead while the overall deal has not be completed.
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April 28, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Cracking down on dissent, President Alexander G. Lukashenko arrested the country's top opposition leaders and banned anti-government rallies. The moves followed a rally in Minsk to mark the 10th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster. The rally turned into a 50,000-strong protest against Lukashenko and his pro-Russian policies. Police used batons to disperse the crowd.
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February 4, 2011 | By Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
Iran's supreme leader called for the end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's rule, saying Friday that the political upheaval in the Arab world was part of an "irreversible defeat" for the United States and an "Islamic awakening" in the Middle East. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a rare appearance at Tehran's main Friday prayer venue, compared the popular uprisings against Western-backed autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt to Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979. "This is a war between two willpowers: the willpower of the people and the willpower of their enemies," Khamenei said.
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November 1, 2010 | By Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
Bahrain's opposition movement was dealt a blow Sunday when results from a second-round election held over the weekend showed that pro-government and Sunni Islamist lawmakers had retained their majority in the country's only elected legislative body. The largely Shiite Muslim opposition had hoped to gain at least a tie in the lower house of parliament, opening the door to government investigations of alleged corruption and the extent of the Sunni ruling family's properties, according to local news reports.
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March 9, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
The Iranian opposition's most powerful sympathizer lost his post Tuesday as chief of an important clerical council that oversees the country's supreme leader. Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president, was defeated in his bid to continue as head of the Assembly of Experts in what is widely considered a victory for his conservative rivals, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani, described as a more traditional conservative cleric, became leader of the clerical body, getting 63 of 86 votes.
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February 22, 2011 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Bahrain's king announced plans to release an unspecified number of political prisoners Monday in a move apparently aimed at appeasing an opposition movement that is pressing for reforms in this small Persian Gulf country. In another development, exiled Shiite opposition figure Hassan Mushaima announced plans to return from London on Tuesday. It would be another test for authorities, who have a warrant outstanding for his arrest. The monarchy says it wants to pursue a national dialogue in the aftermath of its decision last week to order security forces to open fire on anti-government demonstrators.
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February 18, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of Iranian government supporters gathered for a Friday prayer sermon rally meant to counter the resurgent opposition movement that staged a boisterous and scattered day of protests this week. But Iranian authorities Friday appeared to have backed off calls to execute Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the opposition leaders who called for the protests held Monday. The two reformist politicians, now under virtual house arrest, have called on supporters to head to the streets again Sunday.
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February 17, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Iran's beleaguered opposition movement, under enormous government pressure but encouraged by popular uprisings throughout the Middle East, is calling for another round of protests Sunday, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Tehran's hard-line Islamist government. A statement posted Thursday to the website of former prime minister and 2009 presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi called on Iranians to take part in memorial services to mark the religiously significant seventh day after the deaths of two Iranians during raucous Feb. 14 opposition protests in Tehran and other cities.
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February 4, 2011 | By Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
Iran's supreme leader called for the end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's rule, saying Friday that the political upheaval in the Arab world was part of an "irreversible defeat" for the United States and an "Islamic awakening" in the Middle East. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a rare appearance at Tehran's main Friday prayer venue, compared the popular uprisings against Western-backed autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt to Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979. "This is a war between two willpowers: the willpower of the people and the willpower of their enemies," Khamenei said.
WORLD
November 1, 2010 | By Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
Bahrain's opposition movement was dealt a blow Sunday when results from a second-round election held over the weekend showed that pro-government and Sunni Islamist lawmakers had retained their majority in the country's only elected legislative body. The largely Shiite Muslim opposition had hoped to gain at least a tie in the lower house of parliament, opening the door to government investigations of alleged corruption and the extent of the Sunni ruling family's properties, according to local news reports.
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March 9, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
The Iranian opposition's most powerful sympathizer lost his post Tuesday as chief of an important clerical council that oversees the country's supreme leader. Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president, was defeated in his bid to continue as head of the Assembly of Experts in what is widely considered a victory for his conservative rivals, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani, described as a more traditional conservative cleric, became leader of the clerical body, getting 63 of 86 votes.
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February 17, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Iran's beleaguered opposition movement, under enormous government pressure but encouraged by popular uprisings throughout the Middle East, is calling for another round of protests Sunday, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Tehran's hard-line Islamist government. A statement posted Thursday to the website of former prime minister and 2009 presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi called on Iranians to take part in memorial services to mark the religiously significant seventh day after the deaths of two Iranians during raucous Feb. 14 opposition protests in Tehran and other cities.
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September 12, 2010 | Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
The No. 2 diplomat at the Iranian Embassy in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, has resigned in protest of the hard-line government in Tehran, Finland's national news agency reported Saturday. For more than a month before his resignation last week, former charge d'affaires Hossein Alizadeh hadn't been at the embassy, the FNB news agency said. Alizadeh, a veteran diplomat who reportedly had worked for the Iranian Foreign Ministry for more than 20 years, said he quit because he believed last year's presidential election in Iran was unfair and marked by cheating.
OPINION
May 26, 2010 | Matthew Frankel
On the face of it, it's easy to support the courageous decision of the beleaguered Burmese opposition to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections in Myanmar (formerly Burma), even though the decision led to the dissolution of its National League for Democracy party. The elections are the first to be held since 1990, when the repressive military junta took control and renamed the country. A new law bars prisoners from being members of political parties, so the opposition decided to fold its tent rather than jettison incarcerated opposition icon and party co-founder Aung San Suu Kyi. Better to dissolve in protest than legitimize the ruling regime is the opposition's view.
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