Special Issue/June 30, 2009
Iran in Turmoil
Iranian Photographers Document Struggle for Democracy in Tehran
Tehran. June 10, 2009. Group of supporters of the reformist candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi. Photo by Roxanne.
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past week, while Iranian leaders prohibited reporting by the international
press, three Iranian photographers associated with the Paris-based photo agency Webistan continued
to report from Tehran. These photographs by Raha, Roxane, and Ali (last names
excluded to protect their identity) document the struggle by the Iranian people
to have their voices heard and counted in the recent election.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was officially declared the winner by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei, a huge number of Iranians (up to three million in the streets
of Tehran on June 15 according to the capital's mayor) began protesting as the
reformist challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi and many independent analysts
pointed out evidence of massive electoral fraud. Police and security forces
repressed peaceful demonstrations, killing, beating and arresting civilians.
front of the deaf ear of the country's leadership, the trust gap seems to be
widening every day for a majority of Iranian citizens.
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