Utah's Iranian community protests their country's presidential election


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's Iranian community gathered in downtown Salt Lake City Saturday to protest their country's presidential election.

The protesters rallied outside the City-County Building in support of their fellow Iranians.

Protester Nasrin Mohammadi said, "We are gathering to show our support and unity with the people in Iran. We are demanding democracy and asking for their freedom and the very very very basic right, which is their right to vote, and having been cheated out of their right."

Many Iranians feel the election was corrupt after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad beat out his widely popular opponent Mir Hussein Mousavi.

Mousavi has demanded the presidential vote be annulled, citing voter fraud.

Protests in Iran grew more violent Saturday. Dozens of people were seriously hurt and there were reports of gunfire.

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