On the day Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency was formally endorsed, footage posted on the internet purports to show fresh protests on the streets of Iran.
The amateur video comes as witness reports said opposition supporters were dispersed by police. Any trouble outside was mirrored by awkward moments at the ceremony, with apparent confusion over greetings between Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This, as well as a boycott by leading moderates, made for a very different atmosphere from that of four years ago. Then, as he was endorsed for his first term, an effortless exchange united the President and Supreme Leader – whose relationship Ahmadinejad has described as like that of father and son. Elsewhere in Tehran, the politically-charged atmosphere is illustrated in what reformers have described as a “show trial.” After protests over the president’s contested re-election, around 100 people face a range of charges. Opposition leaders claim confessions have been obtained by force.