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IRAN: Photos and video emerge of violence near Neda Agha-Soltan's gravesite

July 30, 2009 |  6:52 pm


Photos and video are surfacing on the Web today purportedly showing Iranian authorities wielding batons at demonstrators gathered at the Behesht Zahra cemetery in Tehran. According to state television and witnesses, police beat protesters and fired tear gas in an effort to disperse the thousands gathered to memorialize victims of postelection violence. The crowds had earlier overwhelmed authorities.

This video posted on YouTube is allegedly from today's gathering at Neda Agha-Soltan's grave site. Officials gave mourners only minutes to pray before forcing them to leave.

— Naveed Mansoori in Los Angeles and Borzou Daragahi in Beirut

Photo: The photo, taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press but obtained by AP outside Iran, apparently shows an Iranian anti-riot police officer raising his baton to disperse protesters at an opposition rally at the Behesht Zahra cemetery in Tehran.

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