Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Taking to Tehran's Streets

President Ahmadinejad's reelection has sparked massive protests

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian state media are reporting that a government-backed protest is filling the streets of downtown Tehran.

Protestors are demanding punishment for yesterday’s rioters.

Hundreds of thousands of people swarmed the city’s streets last night in protest against the results of the country’s recent federal elections, in which incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won.

Opponents of Ahmadinejad say the election was fixed and have demanded a recount.

The country’s official leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, who has the final say in all matters, is prepared to allow a limited recount of the election. Ahmadinejad’s fiercest opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, has asked for another round of elections, which the Ayatollah has not yet granted.

All journalists working for foreign media have been banned from covering the protests on the ground and foreign reporters who went to cover the elections last week are leaving as their visa’s are not being extended.

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