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Recount offer fails to quell Iran election protests  

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Recount offer fails to quell Iran election protests  

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On the streets and online, supporters of Iran’s main opposition presidential candidate are keeping the pressure up over what they claim was a rigged election. 
 
Tehran remains gripped by tension as followers of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stage counter demonstrations. He remains popular in much of the country and, in many areas, few question his victory. 
 
In one province, a chief prosecutor has warned involvement in unrest could be a capital offence.  
 
Reports of seven deaths have heightened anger among supporters of Mirhossein Mousavi supporters. An offer of a partial recount by 
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on matters of state, appears to have had little effect.
 
The ruling religious establishment has not seen such a direct challenge to its authority since coming to power in the 1979 revolution. 
 
It has accused foreign journalists of stoking tensions and has placed heavy restrictions on the media. But it has not been entirely effective. 
 
Jean-Francois Juillard of Reporters Without Borders said: “Even these people in the streets are now taking some risks, taking these pictures and sending them abroad because they can be arrested as well, only because they took some pictures with their mobile phones.”
  
Despite efforts to clamp down on internet access people across the country have been posting images and personal accounts of events on a range of websites.