Election tensions at an Iranian expo
Washington Post / Thomas Erdbrink

The video shown by Borna News accused Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, opposition candidates in Iran's disputed June 12 presidential election, of lying and inciting sedition, with scenes of war and exploding hand grenades edited in for emphasis.

"Who is inciting here?" the woman, who gave her name only as Maryam, demanded loudly while watching the video. "The truth is clear for all to see!"

"No, it is those men who have betrayed the nation," a man with a gray moustache responded angrily. The two glared at each other. "She's crazy," the man said to the surrounding crowd. "I speak the truth," she replied.

The exchange, one of many encounters at an annual news media exposition, illustrated the simmering political tension that continues to roil Iran more than four months after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed reelection, dismissing opposition charges of widespread fraud.

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