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Heightening its warnings as anticipated anti-government protests approach, Iran’s government says it will arrest protesters and hold them until April if they disrupt state-sanctioned marches to commemorate the overthrow of the Shah of Iran.

Iran this week is celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, culminating on February 11 — a day that marked the end of the country’s Western-backed monarchy and the start of an Islamic republic. A coalition of Iranian reformist groups is urging opponents of the regime to stage non-violent protests on Thursday, on the official anniversary of the shah’s ouster. CNN

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