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June 16, 2009

Iran's continued election turmoil

After the relatively free (if sporadic) flow of news, tweets, video and photographs from Iran the past several days, today saw a tighter clampdown, with the government officially banning foreign media from covering rallies and taking further efforts to block online communications. Though photographs from inside Iran are now more rare, there are still a few available. Collected here are three mini-collections: images of reactions from Iranians abroad and the international community, images of pro-Ahmadinejad rallies from Iran (allowed under current restrictions), and several photos from continued rallies held today in support of reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi. (27 photos total)

London, England - Iranian protesters hold a demonstration outside the Iranian embassy in central London on June 16, 2009. (SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Ankara Turkey - Iranian residents living in Turkey show support for presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, during a protest against the Iranian presidential election results, near the Iranian embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, June 16, 2009. (AP Photo//Burhan Ozbilici) #

Kiev, Ukraine - Iranian students protest election results and post-election violence in their home country outside the Iranian embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) #

Paris, France - Iranians take part in a demonstration near the Iranian embassy in Paris, Tuesday June 16, 2009, protesting the outcome of the presidential election in Iran. (AP Photo/Laurent Emmanuel) #

Athens, Greece - Iranians living in Greece hold an Iranian flag reading 'freedom' during a protest outside the Iranian embassy in Athens on June 16, 2009. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Copenhagen, Denmark - A woman holds a banner as more than 1,000 exiled Iranians and Danes Tuesday June 16, 2009 protested at the City Hall Square in Copenhagen against the elections in Iran. Among speakers were Danish politicians and leaders of the Iranian society in Denmark. (AP Photo/Peter Hove Olesen/POLFOTO) #

Oslo, Norway - Iranian supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi demonstrate outside the Iranian ambassy in Oslo on June 16, 2009. Police broke up the demonstration. (Lien, Kyrre/AFP/Getty Images) #

New York, U.S.A. - Demonstrators protest the Iranian election results outside United Nations headquarters June 16, 2009 in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

Dubai - Iranian protestors, carrying pictures of the latest clashes in Tehran streets, take part in a silent sit-in against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election outside the the Iranian Islamic Azad University in Dubai on June 16 2009. (MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Frankfurt, Germany - Hundreds of people demonstrate for a political change in Iran on June 16, 2009 in Frankfurt/Main, western Germany. (THOMAS LOHNES/AFP/Getty Images) #


Now, from inside Iran, photographs allowed under the new official restrictions:

AFP photographer Olivier Laban-Mattei follows the news on TV in his hotel room in Tehran on June 16, 2009, after the Iranian authorities' decision to ban the foreign media from covering "unauthorised" rallies. The ban, which also applied to a counter-demonstration that was given the backing of the Tehran regime on June 16, came a day after the Islamic republic's disputed presidential election sparked deadly clashes. (OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Supporters of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wave national flags and other banners and portraits during a rally held in Tehran's Vali Asr square on June 16, 2009. The rally, called by the Islamic Propagation Council, was staged at the same as a rival gathering by supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. (ALIREZA SOTAKBAR/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman attends a state-organized rally in a square June 16, 2009 in central Tehran, Iran. Thousands attended a rally organized by Iran's clerical regime. Iran banned foreign media from covering rallies in the country and Iran's Guardian Council reportedly said that they would recount some of the votes in presidential election that critics say was unfairly won by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinehjad. (Getty Images) #

In this image issued by the government run Fars News Agency, demonstrators attend a state-organised rally in a square in central Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, June 16, 2009. Thousands of people waving Iranian flags and pictures of the supreme leader massed Tuesday at a rally organized by Iran's clerical regime but the government barred foreign media from covering the rally. (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Hamed Malekpour) #

People hold Iranian flags high while attending a state-organized rally in a square June 16, 2009 in central Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) #

Thousands attend a state-organised rally in support of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinehjad in a square June 16, 2009 in central Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) #

Iranian supporters of Mahmoud Ahmadinehjad demonstrate June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) #


And, also from inside Iran today, despite official restrictions, photographs of continued demonstrations and protests by supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi:

Iranian supporters of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Iran banned foreign media from covering rallies in the country and Iran's Guardian Council reportedly said that they would recount some of the votes in presidential election that critics say was unfairly won by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinehjad. (Getty Images) #

Backers of Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) #

A supporter of Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi holds a picture of man injured during yesterday's clashes in Tehran during protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) #

A young supporter of candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) #

In this frame grab taken from amateur video, supporters of Iranian reformist opposition leader Mir Hossien Mousavi demonstrate in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday June 16, 2009. Thousands of protesters rallied in Tehran in support of Mousavi, according to witnesses and video footage. (AP Photo/APTN, Amateur Video) #

Supporters of presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) #

A police motorcycle burns as supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi protest in Valiasr Street June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) #

Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi set fires during protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) #

Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi watch a motor scooter burn during protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) #

Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi run in the streets during protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. (Getty Images) #

 
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