1 Dead After Shots Fired at Tehran Protest
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2009 11:49 AM CDT
Supporters of reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi carry his poster, during a rally in Azadi street in Tehran, Monday, June 15, 2009.   (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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(Newser) – Shots were fired at a huge street protest in Tehran today, the BBC reports, not long after opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi addressed the gathering in spite of a ban by the Iranian government; an AP photographer says one protester was killed, and that the shots came from a compound belonging to a militia associated with Iran’s powerful revolutionary guard.

It was Mousavi’s first public appearance since his apparent defeat, al-Jazeera notes. “The vote of the people is more important than Mousavi, or any other person,” he declared, as supporters chanted, “Mousavi, we support you! We will die but retrieve our votes!” The BBC’s correspondent says the demonstration was the largest in Iran’s 30 years as an Islamic republic, and the movement has the feel of a “political earthquake.”