Tehran Rally Turns Violent

Opposition uses government-sponsored demonstration to protest June election
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2009 6:20 PM CDT
Pro-government demonstrators, foreground, watch opposition protesters during today's rally in Tehran.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A government-backed rally in Tehran turned violent today, the BBC reports, after opposition supporters turned out to protest June’s disputed presidential election and clashed with security forces. A state news said opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi was attacked and tear gas used during the event, intended to demonstrate support for Palestinians, and which brought thousands into the streets.