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PETER CAVE: In Iran, one man has been killed and several others injured after gunmen reportedly
opened fire on a mass rally in the capital Tehran.

It's the worst violence since the disputed presidential elections last Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of people have marched through Tehran in support of the Opposition candidate
Mir-Hossein Mousavi, in what are being described as the biggest anti-government demonstrations
since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

US President Barack Obama has joined other international leaders saying he's deeply troubled by the
violence in Iran.

Jennifer Macey reports.

(Sound of protesters)

JENNIFER MACEY: Late into the night protestors filled the streets of the Iranian capital Tehran in
protest against a presidential election they claim was rigged.

Some estimates say up to a million people marched from Enghelab Square to Azadi Square or the
Square of Revolution to the Square of Freedom.

Protestors held signs saying "Where is my vote?" and "This is not election - this is selection".

The crowd chanted "Where is the 63 per cent?" questioning the percentage of the vote that President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he won in Friday's poll.

(Sound of protesters)

Others chanted "Mousavi retake my vote" in support of the Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the defeated
moderate candidate, who spoke to demonstrators from on top of a car.

MIR-HOSSEIN MOUSAVI (translated): Our people are demanding their respect, their vote and their

JENNIFER MACEY: The Government had banned any protest following unrest over the weekend but
protesters ignored the orders and riot police.

During the early evening, as people were beginning to leave Azadi Square, shots were fired into the

One man died and several others were wounded.

It's the worst violence since last Friday's disputed election and has attracted concern among
international leaders.

US President Barack Obama says he's deeply troubled by the violence.

BARACK OBAMA: I think that the democratic process, free speech, the ability of people to peacefully
dissent, all those are universal values and need to be respected.

JENNIFER MACEY: European leaders have called on Iranian authorities to investigate claims of voter
irregularity but aren't yet talking about sanctions.

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

GORDON BROWN: And that is why the regime must address the serious questions which have been asked
about the conduct of the Iranian elections. The way the regime responds to legitimate process will
have implications for Iran's relationships with the rest of the world in future.

JENNIFER MACEY: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the Government's clampdown on the
country's communication technologies and also on foreign journalists.

ANGELA MERKEL (translated): We are concerned about the restrictions on media reporting and we
believe there should be a transparent examination of election results because there are arguments
that there were irregularities.

JENNIFER MACEY: The Government has blocked the mobile phone network and access to many websites,
such as the social networking site Facebook.

But protesters are accessing Twitter to rally supporters and post reports of violence at

Karim Sadjadpour, from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the US, told CNN that
there are already splits emerging among the Iranian elite.

KARIM SADJADPOUR: I spent a couple of years in Iran and I remember talking to individuals within
the Revolutionary Guards, within the Basij, and they are not a group of Hezbollahi, as we call them
- hard line radicals. You do have plenty of people who recognise that this "death to America"
culture of 1979 will always prevent Iran from fulfilling its enormous potential.

JENNIFER MACEY: But another expert says it's not in the best interests of the Opposition candidates
for the protests to get out of control.

Associate Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh is the deputy director of centre of the National Centre of
Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne.

SHAHRAM AKBARZADEH: The Islamic regime has never shied away from using brutal force to suppress
dissidents and they will use force and there have been reports of shooting and on the other side,
the reformists, the Mousavi leadership, they are not going to allow the situation to get out of
control. They are trying to contest the results but if things get too hot, it could seriously
undermine the whole regime as a whole and Mousavi has no interest in undermining the regime.

JENNIFER MACEY: More protests are being planned for this week in continuing defiance of government
orders and it may pose a direct challenge to the Iranian authorities.

PETER CAVE: Jennifer Macey with that report.