Iranian police bar Mousavi from graveside memorial

By AP, JPOST STAFF
July 30, 2009 15:04

Police in Iran prevented on Thursday Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi from attending a graveside memorial for victims of post-election unrest, witnesses reported. According to the witnesses, Mousavi, surrounded by hundreds of supporters, tried to reach the graveside of Neda Agha Soltan, a young woman whose shooting death at an anti-government rally last month was caught on video that became one of the iconic images of the upheaval. Hundreds of police surrounded Mousavi and forced him to leave Behesht-e Zahra cemetery on Teheran's southern outskirts, the witnesses said. The police did not forcibly break up hundreds of others who gathered for the memorial, some of them chanting Mousavi's name and "Death to the dictator."


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