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But an Associated Press photographer saw one person shot and killed and several others who appeared to be seriously wounded in the square. The gunfire came from a compound for volunteer militia linked to Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard.
The chanting crowd — many wearing the trademark green color of Mousavi's campaign — was more than five miles (nine kilometers) long, and based on previous demonstrations in the square and surrounding streets, its size was estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.
Hundreds of thousands of opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defied an Interior Ministry ban Monday and streamed into central Tehran to cheer their pro-reform leader in his first public appearance since elections that he alleges were marred by fraud.
Ahmadinejad: No guarantee on rival's safety
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declined Sunday to guarantee the safety of his defeated rival Mir Hossein Moussavi in response to a question from CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.
President Ahmadinejad said he could not guarantee the safety of his rival, Mir Hossein Moussavi, pictured.
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"There is rule of law in this country and all the people are equal before the law," Ahmadinejad said when Amanpour asked if he would guarantee Moussavi's safety. She also asked why opposition leaders had been arrested
Dear Iranian People, Mousavi has not left you alone, he has been put under house arrest by Ministry of Intelligence #IranElection
TEHRAN — In silence they moved, a vast throng, hundreds of thousands of people, down the street called Revolution. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had called his opponents mere “dust.” Well, said one student, “We will blind him with our dust.”
This was the day followers of Mir Hussein Moussavi, the reformist candidate defeated in Iran’s disputed presidential elections, rose up en masse to protest the theft of their votes. “Quiet! Quiet!” they shouted, arms raised and fingers forming a “V” for victory that they pointed at a lonely police helicopter overhead.
Moussavi himself, not seen since the night of the election, appeared on Revolution Square, answering a question much debated here in recent days: Will he lead what he started?
9:58 AM ET -- Pro-reform marchers "fill the streets."
9:27 AM ET -- Understanding Khamenei's voter fraud shift.
9:12 AM ET -- The computer is the enemy.
9:02 AM ET -- Iranian election results by province: [link to www.fivethirtyeight.com]
8:30 AM ET -- Using Twitter to help Iranians.
8:23 AM ET -- Live fire authorized?
8:14 AM ET -- The Mousavi rally is on.
8:10 AM ET -- BBC Persia phones jammed.
7:24 AM ET -- At least four reporters arrested.
7:17 AM ET -- Mousavi to appear at rally?
6:50 AM ET -- Ahmadinejad cancels Russia trip.
6:47 AM ET -- More on the rallies.
6:42 AM ET -- "Worse unrest in Tehran in a decade."
6:25 AM ET -- Supreme Leader Khamenei orders vote rigging probe.
RESS TV; GOVERNMENT MEDIA IN IRAN AND PRO-AHMADINEJAD IS SAYING THAT. THEY MADE A COMPLETE BLACKOUT OF THE PROTESTS... UNTIL NOW.
Originally posted by RenDMC
Iran gets a lot of bad press for ...well.... being Iran. Let's just hope that this whole thing goes the way the people want with minimum loss of life. But I can't see Ahmaj....Ahmaja..... Their President (lol) letting this one slide. Or the Ayotollah (think thats how it goes) because we ALL know who pulls the strings over there.