Mousavi Addresses Rally in Tehran, Protests Turn Violent – June 15, 2009

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Defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi (center) appeared in public on Monday, June 15 for the first time since Friday’s election. Mousavi and thousands of his supporters defied a ban to stage a mass rally in Tehran in protest of the results, which they claim to be fraudulent.

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Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard outside his office in Tehran on June 15.

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Mousavi addresses his crowd of supporters at Azadi Square. According to the BBC, he said “the vote of the people is more important than Mousavi or any other person.” His wife told the AFP “we will stand until the end.”

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Supporters of Mousavi crowd Azadi Square in Tehran on Monday.

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Mehdi Karroubi, another one of the presidential candidates, attends the Tehran rally on June 15.

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Zahra Rahnavard, wife of Mousavi.

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Monday afternoon, the AP started reporting that “gunfire from a pro-government militia killed one man and wounded several others.”

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A riot policeman is injured in clashes with protesters.

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Mousavi supporters run from the police.

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