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Iran: Mourning the Victims of Protest

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Iran, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Politics, Protest, Religion

Thousands of Iranians gathered in Behesht Zahra cemetery in Tehran on Thursday to commemorate Neda Agha-Soltani [1]and the victims of the protest movement. Dozens have been killed and hundreds jailed throughout the protests that erupted since the presidential election in June.

According to several news sites and blogs, the riot police attacked mourners [2]. See a collection of photos of Zahra Rahnavard [3], the wife of Iran's opposition leader Mir Hussein Mousavi [4], among the mourners here [5].

OnlyMehdi shares with us several videos on today's event. This one shows the police attacking people.

Slogans against Khamenei's son

Here is another video uploaded by Iranian citizens about Thursday's gathering in the cemetery and their anti-regime demonstration.

Protestors in Beheshti Street chanted slogans such as “Down with the dictator” and “Political prisoners should be freed”. They also chanted slogans against Mojtaba Khamenei [6], the son of Iran's supreme leader, who is said to be the mastermind of the alleged election fraud.

Chanting Slogans in the metro:

People chanted anti-regime slogans in a metro in Tehran on their way back from the cemetery: