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IRAN: Crowd of thousands overwhelms security forces

July 30, 2009 | 10:42 am


Thousands of protesters continue to mourn Neda Agha-Soltan and other protester deaths in Iran.  Amateur video taken near Behesht Zahra cemetery shows an endless sea of mourners chanting Mir-Hossein Mousavi's name, waving green pieces of fabric, and holding up victory signs.

Police and plainclothes Basij militiamen attempted to quell the riots violently, but the sheer size of the crowds was too much for security forces to control.

Protesters have been making use of the metro system, which runs next to Behesht Zahra. Here, protesters riding the metro chant "Death to Russia" and "Death to China" to the tune used to support the Esteghlal soccer club in Tehran.

-- Jahd Khalil in Beirut

Photo: Protestors carry roses in Tehran. Credit: Farhad Rajabali / Gooya News

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