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Photos: Mousavi supporters line up in the streets of Tehran (part I)

Photos by Mona Hoobehfekr and Saman Aghvami, ISNA

Supporters of Iran's presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi have taken to the streets of Tehran to promote their candidate. The photos presented here show the people lining up in the streets on Tuesday in a very long stretch from Rahahan in the south to Tajrish to north.

Supporters of Ahmadinejad's main challenger, former prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, had to be more inventive to find a place for their rally. Over the weekend, a government organization refused permission for his campaign to use Tehran's 120,000-seat Azadi Stadium for a rally originally planned for Sunday. But in less than 24 hours, using text messages and Facebook postings, thousands of Mousavi backers gathered along Vali-e Asr Avenue, Tehran's 12-mile-long arterial road.

Many brought green ropes or strings, which they tied together to form a giant chain in Mousavi's signature color. Groups wearing green head scarves or green T-shirts arrived from schools and universities. "This way, down here," student organizer Mohsen Ghadiri, 19, called to about 40 students from the prestigious Elm-o-Sanat University, as they looked for empty spaces in the long line of people.  "Thanks to Internet and text messages, we can rally big crowds in a very short time," noted Ghadiri, who wore a green shirt emblazoned with Mousavi's portrait.

Read full Washington Post's story In Iran Election, Tradition Competes With Web by Thomas Erdbrink reporting from Tehran.


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