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Iranian police commander concedes mistakes in 2009 protests

The Iranian police commander in charge of the Special Unit of the Law Enforcement Forces said some mistakes had been made.
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran 

Iranian security personnel gather on a street in Tehran June 20, 2009. Defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi said on Saturday he was "ready for martyrdom" in leading protests that have shaken the Islamic Republic and brought warnings of bloodshed from Iran's Supreme Leader. REUTERS via Your View (IRAN POLITICS CONFLICT ELECTIONS IMAGES OF

Five years after the bloody conflicts that erupted following the 2009 presidential elections, the new commander of the Special Unit of the Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) of the Islamic Republic of Iran discussed the current state of anti-riot forces, comparing them with 2009, during an interview with Tasnim News, a news agency with close ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

In July 2014, the commander of Esfahan Law Enforcement Forces, Hassan Karami, was chosen as the head of the Special Unit, which was one of the main forces involved in suppressing Green Movement followers during the 2009 post-election unrest.

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