Hundreds of thousands attend Tehran protest rally

June 18th, 2009 - 10:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, June 18 (DPA) Hundreds of thousands of supporters of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Moussavi attended a protest gathering Thursday in downtown Tehran against alleged election fraud in last week’s presidential election and the killing of demonstrators, witnesses said.
The majority of the protestors wore black after Moussavi had declared Thursday a mourning day. They also wore green armbands as symbol for change and support for Moussavi and carried white flowers.

The gathering was held in the Imam Khomeini square, one of the biggest squares in downtown Tehran. Not only the square but also nearby streets were packed with mourners wearing black and green.

There were rumours that Moussavi would attend the rally but even if that was the case, the 67-year-old would have problems to reach the square through the crowds.

Referring to the alleged election fraud which led to re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Moussavi’s supporters shouted “The Green Wave will not stop”.

Other slogans were “We want election and selection”, “We might be blind, deaf and dumb but we are definitely not stupid” and “My green vote turned black with your name faked on it.”

They also called on other people to join the Green Wave and shouted “We have a common pain which can only be cured together”.

No violent incidents have been witnessed so far but the rally is still ongoing.

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