The two leaders of Iran's opposition, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, have fled Tehran, state news agency IRNA said on Wednesday, as a website said they were in custody for their own protection. "Two of the chiefs of the sedition left Tehran for the north of Iran after learning that the population was increasingly angry and demanding their punishment," IRNA said. On its part, opposition website Rahesabz said "members of the Revolutionary Guards and the intelligence ministry picked up Mousavi and Karroubi in the city of Kelar-Abad to protect them from the anger of the people."
This report comes after tens of thousands of protesters rallied in the streets of Tehran in support of the government and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Similar rallies were being held across Iran as a show of strength following Sunday's opposition demonstrations.