Thousands protest election, clash with police in Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran — Several thousand protesters took to the streets of Tehran on Thursday and clashed with security forces in the latest round of unrest over Iran's disputed June presidential elections, according to witnesses and amateur video posted to the Internet.

The protests in the nation's capital come as Iran steels itself for a potential outbreak of violence this weekend during Ashoura, the annual commemoration of the seventh century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Muhammad and a revered figure in Iran's Shiite Muslim faith.

Protesters Thursday gathered at Imam Khomeini Square in central Tehran as police in full riot gear circled.

Demonstrators chanting "Death to the dictator" played cat-and-mouse with police into early evening.