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Iran opposition leaders to attend victims` ceremony

Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 15:30

Tehran: Iranian opposition leaders will attend a memorial ceremony on Thursday for protesters killed since the country`s disputed Presidential Election in June, an opposition website said.
"(Defeated candidates) Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi will go to Tehran`s Behesht-e Zahra cemetery today to commemorate Neda Agha-Soltan and other victims of the unrest," said Ghalamnews, Mousavi`s website.

Defying the clerical establishment`s ban on any gathering, Mousavi and Karoubi accepted the invitation of Neda`s mother to mark the 40th day since her death and other victims of the unrest at Neda`s grave.

Neda, a 26-year-old music student, was shot on June 20, when supporters of Mousavi clashed with riot police and Basij militiamen in Tehran. Footage of her death has been watched by thousands on the Internet.

The Presidential Elections plunged Iran into its biggest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution and exposed deepening divisions in its ruling elite.

Iranian media have reported the deaths of several protesters following the vote.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 15:30
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