Posted by | February 14, 2011 11:58 | Filed under: Top Stories

Inspired by Egypt, Iranians have taken to the streets and are facing police with batons and tear gas.

Dodging clouds of tear gas fired by police and pro-government militias, crowds of people marched down a central boulevard and shouted slogans such as “Death to the dictator,” “We are all together” and “Down with Taliban, in Cairo and Tehran.”

It was not immediately clear how many people were joining the protests. But thousands could be seen marching from Enghelab (Revolution) Square toward Azadi (Freedom) Square, overwhelming police efforts to stop them.

The White House asked the Iranian government in advance to allow freedom of assembly.

On Saturday, the White House called on the Iranian government to allow its people to assemble.

“The Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians,” national security adviser Thomas E. Donilon said in a statement.

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