Iran’s defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has sent out a direct challenge to Iran’s conservative rulers by calling on the Islamic Republic to be purged of “lies and dishonesty.” He wants the poll, in which he came second, to be annulled after claiming it was fraudulent.
The disputed June 12 election handed an overwhelming victory to hardline anti-Western President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This sparked the biggest protests and most violent unrest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution which ousted the US-backed Shah. Foreign journalists are banned by the regime from filming from the streets of Tehran, so most of what we are seeing is unverifiable footage, made available through social networking websites.
It therefore remains unclear exactly how many people have been arrested, injured or killed.