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IRAN: Large crowd gathers, gets dispersed by tear gas

July 9, 2009 |  2:48 pm


In this amateur video that emerged from today's anti-government demonstration in Iran, an impressive crowd gathers, shaking off its fears of security forces, but is dispersed by incapacitating albeit nonlethal tear gas.

At first the demonstrators attempt to remain quiet, but after they're scared by approaching security forces, they begin chanting: "Don't be afraid, don't be afraid. We're all together."

The tear gas makes them gag and run for shelter.

The video could not be confirmed, but the events match accounts by several witnesses in contact with The Times.

-- Los Angeles Times 

Video: Demonstrators in Tehran.
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