30 July 2009

Suppression of Mourners at 40th Day of Mourning for Neda and Other Martyrs

On July 30 at 2 a.m., Mir Hossein Mousavi's advisors called for supporters to participate in the July 30th commemoration of the casualties of the protests, namely Neda Agha-Soltan. This day represented the end of 40th-day mourning cycle. The message had asked supporters to attend a peaceful and solemn ceremony at the Mosallah Mosque of Tehran, the largest mosque in the city, located in the Abbas Abad district. Before the 6 p.m. prayers, the main activities were to take place at 4 p.m. at the burial sites of the martyrs, namely Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, which Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi wanted to attend. After arriving at Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, Mousavi was forced by the police to go back to his car and leave the site. Basij units were dispatched to halt demonstrations and disperse the crowd. The police forces reportedly used tear gas against the mourners. Some arrests were reported by eyewitnesses.

 After the service at the mosque, the leaders paid visits to and showed solidarity with some of the families who had lost their members in the violence. This message also followed Mousavi's earlier message that "religious ceremonies are opportunities for the display of the 'Green' movement’s creativity."

After arriving at Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, Mousavi was forced by the police to go back to his car and leave the site. Basij units were dispatched to halt demonstrations and disperse the crowd. The police forces reportedly used tear gas against the mourners. Some arrests were reported by eyewitnesses.

Mehdi Karroubi attempted to give a speech at the cemetery, but he was forced to flee the site. Reports also say that several of his advisors were beaten and harassed.

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