Iran accused of 'Zionist' tactics!
Protests demanded the release of those detained in Iran
One of the defeated moderate candidates in Iran's presidential election, Mehdi Karroubi, has accused security forces of using harsher methods than Israel.
"The behaviour of Iran's security agents is worse than those of the Zionist in occupied Palestine," a statement on his website said.
Hundreds have been arrested following protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election last month.
Activists around the world demonstrated against the crackdown on Saturday.
Mr Karroubi and other moderate candidates say the 12 June election was marred by massive fraud.
Iran's top election body, the Council of Guardians, has said the poll was free and fair. Officials results gave Mr Ahmadinejad more than 62% of the vote.
Days of streets protests against the election results were violently suppressed, drawing international condemnation.
A letter to Intelligence Minister Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei posted on Mr Karroubi's website says that "women were attacked with clubs and beaten and thrown in the gutters" during the protests.
"This is more painful in comparison to crimes committed by the Zionists against the oppressed people of Palestine... The Zionist aggressors have some reservations when it comes to confronting women."
Meanwhile activists have taken part in a "global day of action" on Iran.
Protests supported by leading groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International were held in many cities - including Sydney, Seoul, Geneva London, Brussels, Berlin, Dublin.
The demonstrators urged the Tehran authorities to free those arrested. Many held pictures of people they say remain in jail.
Some placards showed Neda Agha Soltan, the 27-year-old woman whose death was captured on a video that was posted on the Internet.
In Amsterdam, Iranian Nobel Peace prize laureate Shirin Ebadi called on the international community to reject the outcome of the election.
In Bishkek, the capital of the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, nine human rights activists marching towards the Iranian embassy were detained and fined for illegally protesting.
Two days ago Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev won a second presidential term in an election criticised by foreign monitors.
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