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Pro, anti-govt supporters clash

world Updated: Feb 16, 2011 15:06 IST
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Iranian government supporters clashed with their opponents on Wednesday during a ceremony to mark the death of a student shot during an opposition rally two days ago, state broadcaster IRIB reported.

Sanee Zhaleh was shot dead on Monday during the first opposition rally for more than a year and immediately became a martyr to both the supporters and opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hardline government.

Each side blamed the other for Zhaleh's death.

The clash occurred during a funeral procession which started from Tehran University's arts faculty, in the centre of the capital, where Zhaleh was a student, IRIB reported on its website.

"Students and the people attending the funeral ceremony of the martyred student Sanee Zhaleh have clashed with a limited number of people apparently linked to the sedition movement and forced them out by chanting slogans of death to hypocrites," the report read.