NEW YORK (
) -- The Iranian government has called for the execution of two opposition leaders and former presidential candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Moussavi for inciting Monday's demonstrations in Tehran,
reports, citing Iran's state-run TV reports.
Press TV aired a video on Tuesday in which members of the Iranian parliament chanted "Moussavi. Karroubi. Execute them!"
Lawmakers said former President Mohammad Khatami should be put on trial and put to death as well.
The calls for their trials and executions come after at least 66 people were executed in January,
reports, citing Iranian media outlets. While most of the executions were reportedly due to drug offenses, at least three involved political prisoners,
reports, citing a U.N. statement.
Iranian leaders have openly praised the revolution in Egypt. However, when
in support of the
, the Iranian government cracked down.
Thousands of authorities were deployed in the nation's capital,
Dorsa Jabbari reported from Tehran. Security forces were using tear gas, pepper spray and batons against the supporters in Azadi Square as the government fears that the recent political upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia may inspire the Iranian people to summon anti-government protests similar to those that took place in June 2009.
Opposition leaders Mousavi and Karroubi were placed under house arrest by the authorities. Mousavi's phone lines were cut on Friday and police vehicles have blocked his street, opposition Web site Kaleme said, as the Iranian government tries to thwart his efforts to organize any demonstrations.
In 2009, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad beat out Mousavi in a widely disputed election. Mousavi then backed mass protests against the result, which were squashed by security officials.
Dozens of demonstrators were detained during Monday's protests,
reported, while witnesses recounted their experiences on social media sites and non-state news sites. There were, however, no mention of Monday's demonstrations on state-run TV stations or news outlets.
One person was fatally shot during the protests, according to Iran's
news outlet, while several others were injured.
One YouTube video, claiming to be from Monday's uprising, shows protesters burning a picture of the late Ayatollah Khomeini and Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Hoseyni Khamenei, as they shout "Mubarak, Ben Ali, now it's Seyyed Ali's turn."
Reporting from Iran has been difficult as the government continues to restrict journalists from covering the demonstrations, and
The Associated Press
said it was prevented from independent access to the events.
--Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.
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