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Khamanei says he won't be pressured by protests


Ahead of possible rallies by Iran’s opposition tomorrow, the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said he won’t give in to protests.

On state TV he again called for the official election victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be respected. He said: “I…will insist on implementing the law on the election issue.” The reformist opposition says the vote was rigged and an estimated 17 people have died in violent protests against the result. Tehran’s streets have been calm today, but there may be more rallies tomorrow in line with a dissident cleric’s call for three days of mourning.

Because of heavy reporting restrictions almost all the images of the unrest have come via the internet, from the demonstrators themselves.

With Iran increasingly accusing the West of inciting the disturbances the president’s supporters have staged their own protests. The rallied outside the British embassy as a diplomatic row between the two countries deepened.
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