Khomeini's coffin held aloft by mourners
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The day Iran buried Ayatollah Khomeini

In June 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini's funeral was held in Iran. Millions of Iranians flocked to the streets of Tehran to pay tribute to the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

As the coffin made its way along the funeral procession route, the highly emotional crowd took the coffin from the guards and tore off the white shroud.

Photojournalist Eric Bouvet spoke to Witness about that day.

Witness is a World Service programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.

  • 03 Jun 2015
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