Iran’s Revolutionary guards have issued a warning they will crackdown on any further unrest over the disputed presidential elections.
The announcement comes after opposition leader, Mirhossein Mousavi urged his supporters to continue protesting and to carry black candles in memory of those who have died in the unrest. At least ten people were killed on Saturday. For the first time the country’s top legislative body, the Guardian Council has admitted there were irregularities in the poll, but nothing to effect the outcome. A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign ministry said that his country had a high democratic capacity to settle its own internal issues, but also accused the west of spreading anarchy and vandalism. The warning from Iran’s elite guards comes as the Iranian leadership is apparently becoming more anti-western, a general clampdown on Foreign press coverage has restricted pictures of further protests. To date, over 100 people have been injured and 400 arrested in clashes with police. Despite the June 12 vote overwhelmingly returned President Ahmadinejad to office, opposition leader Mousavi maintains the election was rigged.