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Mousavi likens unrest to Iran's 2009 uprising

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Mousavi likens unrest to Iran's 2009 uprising


Iran’s main opposition leader has likened the unrest in the Arab world to his country’s popular revolt against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.

Mirhossein Mousavi says the Middle East is on the verge of what he calls “defining and massive moments” which he says “change the course of the destiny of the region”.

As Iranian authorities allowed a small protest to go ahead in the capital, with calls for Hosni Mubarak to resign, Mousavi said the starting point of what we are now witnessing can be traced back to the revolt on the streets of Iran.

Observers say his statement comes after what are seen as cynical attempts by Iranian leaders to describe the recent upheavals as Islamic uprisings, when that is not the case.

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