June 18, 2009 / 12:44 PM / 10 years ago

Big crowd masses for mourning rally in Tehran

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi gathered in downtown Tehran Thursday to mourn those killed in mass demonstrations against what he says was a rigged election.

Witnesses said Imam Khomeini Square was packed with people dressed in black and holding candles, a day after Mousavi called on his supporters to gather in mosques or at peaceful rallies to show solidarity with the victims and their families.

“Where are our brothers?” read one banner in the crowd. “Why did you kill our brothers?” read another.

Iran’s English-language state television has reported eight people killed in protests since official results from Friday’s poll showed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been re-elected.

Editing by Jon Boyle

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