In yet another sign of escalating tensions in Iran, pro-government demonstrators shot at the armored car of the country’s most outspoken opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, his Web site Saham News reported Friday.
No one was injured Thursday night in the attack, which appeared to reflect growing frustration that the brutal government crackdown on dissent in recent months had failed to stop the opposition from lashing out at the country’s leaders and staging intermittent protests that have brought tens of thousands of demonstrators into the streets.
Mr. Karroubi, a midlevel cleric who ran in the disputed June presidential election, on occasion has been pushed and shoved by critics since then, and one threw a shoe at him — a grave insult in Iran. But this was the first time someone reportedly shot at him. [continued…]