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Anti-government protesters in Tehran have again clashed with police, as footage of a young woman
killed in a weekend rally provokes outrage around the world. The UN has called on the Iranian
authorities to stop using force against the protesters, but the US is treading cautiously.

PETER CAVE: Anti-government protestors have again taken to the streets of Tehran, despite a warning
from the Revolutionary Guard that it would not tolerate any more public demonstrations.

Eyewitnesses say that hundreds of riot police used batons and tear gas to quickly break up a
gathering of about 200 protesters.

As overseas analysts support claims of vote rigging, the young woman who was killed during protests
on Saturday appears to have become a focal point for anti-government demonstrators, after images of
her dying moments were posted on the internet.

Meredith Griffiths reports.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: Twenty-six-year-old philosophy student Neda Agha Soltan was shot on Saturday at
an Opposition rally in Tehran.

Her fiancee Caspian Makan has spoken to the BBC about the moments leading up to her death.

CASPIAN MAKAN (translated): She was near the area a few streets away from the main protests. She
was with her music teacher, sitting in a car, stuck in traffic. She was feeling very tired and hot
so she got out of the car for just a few minutes and that's when it all happened - that's when she
was shot dead.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: Caspian Makan says she was shot in the chest by members of the Besij militia.

Neda Soltan's death may never have even been publically known if not for the fact that someone used
a mobile phone camera to film the frantic efforts to save her as she lay slumped on the pavement,
covered in blood.

The footage was posted on the internet and for many protesters has now become a symbol of what they
are fighting for.

Neda Soltan's fiancee Caspian Makan says she's been buried in a special area that the authorities
have set aside for people killed during the violent clashes over the past week

CASPIAN MAKAN (translated): We had planned to hold a memorial service at the mosque but the
authorities there and the paramilitary group, the Basijis, wouldn't allow it because they were
worried it would attract unwanted attention and they didn't want any more trouble. The authorities
were aware that everybody in Iran and throughout world knows about her story. So that's why they
didn't want a memorial service. They were afraid that lots of people could turn up at the event.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: The graphic images of Neda Soltan's dying moments have even been viewed in
Washington.

Ian Kelly is a spokesman for the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

IAN KELLY: She is following the situation with great concern. And, as I said, these are very
dramatic and very distressing images that we see. Most distressing of all is the image of this
young woman covered in blood.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: And the president's spokesman Robert Gibbs says Barack Obama has also been
following the images that have made it out of Iran

ROBERT GIBBS: I think he has been moved by what we've seen on television. I think particularly so,
by images of women in Iran who have stood up for their right to demonstrate, to speak out and to be
heard.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: But he says Washington still wants to pursue diplomatic relations with Tehran
because it's still worried about the country's nuclear interests.

Republicans have criticised Barack Obama for not taking a stronger line against the Iranian
Government over the past few days but Robert Gibbs says the President does not want to take action
that would give the Iranian authorities an excuse to portray the US as a common enemy.

The United Nations Secretary-General has issued a statement calling on the Iranian authorities to
immediately stop arresting, threatening and using force against civilians.

Ban Ki-moon is urging the Iranian Government and the Opposition to resolve their differences
peacefully through dialogue and legal means.

Meanwhile, analysts from the British foreign policy think-tank Chatham House and St Andrews
University have been analysing the voting figures and say they have found some irregularities.

One of the analysts Thomas Rintoul told Radio National Breakfast that in two rural electorates it
appears more than 100per cent of the people voted.

THOMAS RINTOUL: There is a degree of room for statistical irregularities. I mean, you know the
Government have made a big deal of people voting where they work, not where they live but on these
kinds of scales that would be really quite hard to swallow.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: Thomas Rintoul says all the swings were exceptionally large

THOMAS RINTOUL: When we looked at 10 provinces in particular, so that's you know a third of the
total in Iran, what we found was that in order for the official statistics to add up, Ahmadinejad
would have had to win every single voter who support the conservatives in 2005, which is
reasonable, but then also every voter who supported the centrist Rafsanjani in 2005, every voter
who didn't partake in this election now and wasn't around in 2005, which of course, you know, as
we've heard is a large number. And on top of all of those, which is difficult to believe in itself,
he would have had to win up to 44.5 per cent of people who voted for his opponents in 2005.

MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: Iran's highest electoral authority, the Guardian Council, has acknowledged
there were voting irregularities in 50 electoral districts but it insists the problems do not
affect the outcome of the vote.

PETER CAVE: That report from Meredith Griffiths.