Iran

Riot Police Hit Bazaar in Tehran

Cracking down on an anti-Ahmadinejad protest aimed at the declining currency

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Iranian riot police swarmed a major bazaar Wednesday in Tehran as demonstrators launched protests against firebrand President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, blaming him for plummeting currency that's forcing families into poverty.

A day after Ahmadinejad acknowledged that his country is taking a hit, and placed the blame largely on "the enemy's" sanctions, crowds of protesters also took to the streets in another commercial area in the capital, shopkeepers said.