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IRAN: Video shows opposition protesters using government holiday to rally

September 18, 2009 |  8:59 am

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out in Tehran for what was supposed to be an Iranian government holiday in solidarity with Palestine, only to turn the tables on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government by using the event as a mass opposition protest.

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Protesters using cellphone video cameras took footage of the demonstrators, undermining a government ban on media coverage of opposition events. 

Then they quickly flooded the Internet with footage that showed marching in the street. 

Check out the dramatic video footage, including some exclusive excerpts from sources on the ground. 

-- Meris Lutz in Beirut

Video: Assembled by Meris Lutz. Credit: YouTube, independent sources

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