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Iranians Unite for Slain Protest Symbol Amid Threats

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Under the shadow of several hundred security forces, more than 3,000 Iranians gathered on Thursday for a gravesite memorial honoring the slain symbol of Iran’s post-election demonstrations, an eyewitness told CNN.

People came to mourn the death of Neda Agha-Soltan on the 40th day after her fatal shooting in Tehran, and the mourning day had the potential to turn into broader demonstrations.

The mourners gathered in the general area of Agha-Soltan’s grave as about 300 police officers, including riot police and police on motorcycles, gathered. Police at first attempted to move mourners away from the grave site but did not disperse the gathering.

There were reports that some mourners were arrested, but CNN has been unable to confirm that information.

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