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In Iran, both sides claim martyr as own

Supporters and opponents of the Iranian government clashed yesterday at a funeral for a student killed during an opposition rally, with both sides claiming him as one of their own.

TEHRAN – Supporters and opponents of the Iranian government clashed yesterday at a funeral for a student killed during an opposition rally, with both sides claiming him as one of their own.

State television showed thousands of government supporters at Tehran University for the funeral of Sanee Zhaleh, one of two people shot dead on Monday during the first opposition rally for more than a year.

Monday’s rally was the first major unrest since a wave of arrests, trials and at least two executions in response to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 2009 re-election.

 
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