Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) — Tens of thousands of Iranian opposition supporters protested the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he again attacked Israel at the annual state-organized Quds Day rally honoring the Palestinian cause.
Rally participants marched toward downtown Tehran, converging on Enghelab Avenue, near the site of the capital’s weekly Friday prayers where Ahmadinejad spoke before the sermon. State-controlled media reported a “massive turnout.”
Addressing a crowd of his own supporters, Ahmadinejad repeated his doubts about the veracity of the Nazi Holocaust, a position that has brought worldwide condemnation in the past, calling it “a myth” and asking, “why is it not allowed to research and unveil the reality?”
“President Ahmadinejad’s repeated denials of the Holocaust are abhorrent as well as ignorant,” U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in a statement. “It is very important that the world community stands up against this tide of abuse.”