TEHRAN — Two prominent Iranian filmmakers were arrested at a cemetery outside Tehran as thousands gathered there on Thursday to commemorate protesters killed in post-election violence last month.
Police detained documentary maker Mahnaz Mohammadi and helmer Jafar Panahi plus his wife Tahereh Saeedi and daughter Solmaz. Panahi’s “The Circle” criticizes the treatment of women under the Islamist government and is banned in Iran.
They were among thousands trying to lay flowers at the grave of Neda Agha Soltan, a 27-year-old music student shot to death June 20 during protests after the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The memorial rally marked the end of the traditional 40-day mourning period for Soltan, whose dying moments were filmed and circulated widely on the Internet, making her name a rallying cry for the opposition.
Iranian police fired tear gas and beat protesters to disperse the crowds chanting “Neda lives!”