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Iranian opposition keep up calls for protests

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In Iran, the opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi has urged his supporters to continue the protests against the country’s recent Presidential election results. He made the appeal on his website, after days of public outrage on the streets.

He wrote: “Protesting against lies and fraud is your right.” But mindful of the might of the security forces deployed against them he added: “In your protests, continue to show restraint.” Mousavi’s latest call to his supporters is a direct challenge to Iran’s leaders. State TV reported ten demonstrators were killed and hundreds more wounded in disturbances on Saturday, that went ahead despite a direct warning from the Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. A separate report put the number of dead at 13. State media also said the daughter of one of Iran’s most powerful men, the former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, was among those arrested. In the only cencession to the protestors so far, Iran’s top legislative body, the Guardian Council has agreed to recount a random sample of the vote ten days ago that overhwelmingly returned Ahmadinejad to office.