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Iranian police arrest mourning protesters in cemetery memorial

By Michael Krebs     Jul 30, 2009 in World
Iranian police arrest protesters who were mourning the victims of the unrest that followed the June presidential election.
The unrest in Iran that was set in motion from the June presidential election remains a constant undercurrent of daily life in Tehran. Iranian police arrested mourning protesters on Thursday, pulling them from a cemetery memorial for the victims of the post-election upheaval.
"Hundreds have gathered around Neda Agha-Soltan's grave to mourn her death and other victims' deaths ... police arrested some of them ... dozens of riot police also arrived and are trying to disperse the crowd," a witness told Reuters.
Mirhossein Mousavi, the defeated presidential candidate who is broadly seen as the living symbol of the protest movement against President Ahmadinejad and the Iranian leadership, was forced by police to leave the cemetery gathering.
"Opposition leaders had said they would attend the ceremony, defying a threat by Revolutionary Guards to break up the gathering," Reuters reported.
Neda Agha-Soltan is the protest movement's symbol in death, having been shot during the unrest and having died on camera. Footage of her death was seen by thousands of people on the internet.
"Authorities have said Neda was not shot by a bullet used by Iranian security forces, suggesting the incident was staged to blacken the image of the clerical establishment," Reuters reported.
Media reports have surfaced on the deaths of several other protesters, some of them in Iranian prisons.
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