Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mousavi Joins the Mourners

Iran's opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has just joined the mourners gathered in Tehran’s Behesht Zahra Memorial Park to commemorate the 40th Day anniversary of the death of Neda Soltan and other protesters slain during the post-election demonstrations.

Eyewitnesses are estimating the size of crowd gathered so far at the cemetery at 10,000. Heavy anti-riot police presence has also been reported. There are reports of mourners being arrested, including the arrest of Jafar Panahi, Iran’s renowned filmmaker.

UPDATE: Mousavi managed to visit and pay respect at Neda's grave upon arrival at Behesht Zahra. The riot police have now surrounded his vehicle forcing it to drive off cemetery.

UPDATE (4:30 pm Tehran): Some 3,000 mourners remain at Neda's grave. Police is charging the crowd to disperse them. Reports of injury.

UPDATE (4:50 pm Tehran): Mehdi Karrubi has joined the opposition supporters in Behesht Zahra. Karrubi visited Neda's grave.

UPDATE (5:00 pm Tehran): Police and Basij have cordoned off Neda's burial place, preventing people to go there.

Today at Behesht Zahra

Today at Behesht Zahra

1 comment:

Paul Iddon said...

firing tear gas at mourners, that was very petty thing to do! :(