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Shots Fired at Massive Pro-Opposition Rally in Tehran
By VOA News
15 June 2009
Hundreds of thousands of Iranian supporters of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate in Tehran, 15 Jun 2009
Witnesses in Tehran say a protester has been shot and killed at a massive pro-opposition rally in the Iranian capital.
An Iranian photographer on the scene Monday said that armed members of a pro-government militia opened fire on the crowd, killing at least one demonstrator. The photographer's account has not been independently confirmed.
1988 executions of Iranian political prisoners refers to the systematic execution of thousands of political prisoners across Iran by the government of Iran, starting on 19 July 1988 and lasting about five months. The main targets were the members of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI), although a lesser number of political prisoners from other leftist groups were also included such as the Tudeh Party of Iran (Communist Party). The killings have been called "an act of violence unprecedented in Iranian history — unprecedented in form, content, and intensity." Estimates of the number executed vary from 8000 to 30,000. Great care was taken to keep the killings secret, and the government of Iran denies their having taken place, but with the large scale of the operation word leaked out from survivors.
CAIRO (AP) — How do you count almost 40 million handwritten paper ballots in a matter of hours and declare a winner? That's a key question in Iran's disputed presidential election.
International polling experts and Iran analysts said the speed of the vote count, coupled with a lack of detailed election data normally released by officials, was fueling suspicion around President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's landslide victory.
Iran's supreme leader endorsed the hard-line president's re-election the morning after Friday's vote, calling it a "divine assessment" and appearing to close the door on challenges from Iran's reformist camp. But in a stunning turnaround on Monday, after two days of rioting in the streets, he ordered an investigation into the allegations of fraud.
Observers who questioned the vote said that at each stage of the counting, results released by the Interior Ministry showed Ahmadinejad ahead of Mousavi by about a 2-1 margin.
FT: Would Iran agree to suspend uranium enrichment if you were president?
Moussavi: No one in Iran would accept suspension.
FT: And you would not accept it, either?
Moussavi: No. The problem is that we had a bad experience with suspension. It was first done [2003-2005] to discuss issues and remove suspicion but it turned into a tool to deprive Iran of having access to nuclear technology. There is a bad memory in this regard.