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At least 100,000 demonstrators marched silently through the streets of Tehran tonight in a direct challenge to the authority of Iran's clerical regime.
Witnesses said that the protesters, both young and old and many accompanied by children, marched through central Tehran Haft-e Tir square towards Vali Asr square in the heart of the city.
The rally was called by the defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi to protest against the "shameful fraud" that saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-elected by a landslide in last Friday's election.
But the regime is struggling to keep a lid on the protests. In an extraordinary display today, five players in Iran's World Cup qualifier against South Korea in Seoul took to the pitch with green armbands in apparent support of Mir Hossein Mousavi, although they removed the armbands for the second half of the match.
The same armbands were to be seen everywhere in the Tehran demonstration, along with placards accusing Mr Ahmadinejad of having "stolen" people's votes. Mr Mousavi was not attending the march, which has been branded illegal by the authorities.