Shots Fired at Iranian Election Protests
Posted on Jun 15, 2009
Iranian militiamen opened fire at protesters in Tehran on Monday, allegedly killing one and wounding others. Hundreds of students have been arrested as tens of thousands of people rallied for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, despite the government’s ban against it. The supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has finally called for a review of Friday’s election results, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the victor only minutes after the polls closed.
One person is thought to have been killed in Tehran after clashes erupted at a mass rally in support of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the defeated presidential candidate.
Hours after the rally began on Monday, reports said that armed men had opened fire on some of the protesters who had gathered in the Iranian capital in defiance of a ban imposed by the interior ministry.
An Associated Press photographer in Tehran’s Azadi Square was reported as saying one person had been shot dead and several others appeared to be seriously wounded.
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Protests have raged in Tehran since the results of Friday’s election were announced.