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Iran’s opposition: Then and now

Compare images from the 1979 Iranian Revolution to scenes from 2009 post-election unrest

1979: Soldiers of the new revolutionary army in Iran carry a picture of Ayatollah Khomeini as they wave to Tehran crowds with the Azadi (Freedom) Monument in the background. This military parade took place on April 18, just a few weeks after Iran officially became an Islamic Republic.

2009: Hundreds of thousands of supporters of leading opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi turn out to protest the results of the election at a mass rally in Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Monday, June 15. Protesters claim fraud in the June 12 election stole the election from Mousavi. AP
1979: A rebel tosses police records onto a burning car after insurgents took over and burned a police station in Tehran, Feb. 11.

2009: A car burns next to the building of a pro-government militia base near a rally supporting leading opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in Tehran, June 15. AP
1979: Rioters in downtown Tehran set fires as they clash with the army, Jan. 26. At least 10 died in the violence and others were wounded on the day Ayatollah Khomeini was expected to return to Iran, but was stopped by authorities.

2009: Hundreds of thousands of Mousavi supporters rally in Azadi (Freedom) Square in Tehran, June 15. Protesters took to the streets for a third straight day following Friday's election. AP
1979: Supporters of the new Islamic Republic wave pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, April 18.

2009: Hundreds of thousands of Mousavi supporters turn out for a rally in Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, June 15. AP
1979: The wounded are helped by medical personnel during the revolution.

2009: A man who was injured by gunfire near a Tehran rally in support of Mousavi, is carried to a nearby car to be taken to a hospital on June 15. Ben Curtis / AP