2009 Iranian presidential election protests

Protests against the 2009 re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Protests against the results of the controversial 2009 Iranian presidential election (Persian: اعتراضات علیه نتایج انتخابات ریاست جمهوری سال ۱۳۸۸‎), a controversial victory by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad happened in major cities nationwide from 2009 into early 2010.[1]

Pictures of the protests

The protests were titled the Iranian Green Movement (Persian: جنبش سبزJonbesh-e Sabz) by its supporters and Persian Awakening, Persian Spring or Green Revolution.[2][3][4]

Protests began the night of 12 June 2009. Ahmadinejad called the protests a little more than "passions after a soccer match".[5]

The Iranian government confirmed the deaths of 36 people during the protests,[6] while unconfirmed reports by Mousavi supporters allege at least 72 deaths (over twice as many) in the three months following the election.


  1. "Iran election protests turn violent". CNN. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. I speak for Mousavi. And Iran by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, The Guardian, 19 June 2009
  3. "Fars News Agency". Fars News. 22 June 2009. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Yarshater, Ehsan Persia or Iran, Persian or Farsi Archived 2010-10-24 at the Wayback Machine, Iranian Studies, vol. XXII no. 1 (1989)
  5. "Iranian leader: Fiery clashes over election 'not important'". USA Today. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "Iran official says 36 killed in post-vote unrest". AFP. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)