Supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi are planning another rally Thursday after Friday's disputed presidential election.
Mr. Mousavi issued a statement Wednesday calling on
his supporters to stage peaceful demonstrations or to gather in mosques Thursday
to honor those killed in post-election violence.
|Supporters of reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi held a rally in north Tehran, 16 June 2009 - photo by Syma Sayyah|
In related news, Iran's Press TV reported Wednesday that the nation's Intelligence Ministry has briefed parliament about post-election unrest which, it says, has left eight people dead.
No details of the report have been made public.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards further cracked down on the media Wednesday, warning Iranian Web sites against publishing materials that create, in its words, "tension." Reporters and photographers of foreign news organizations have already been barred from covering political events and demonstrations.
The disputed election, which handed a landslide victory to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has triggered Iran's most serious unrest since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Groups supporting Mr. Ahmadinejad and Mr. Mousavi staged large demonstrations on Tuesday.
Iranian state media covered the pro-Ahmadinejad demonstration and referred to it as a "unity rally."
Iran's powerful Guardian Council said Tuesday it will recount some ballots from Friday's controversial vote after challengers to Mr. Ahmadinejad called his re-election a fraud.
And Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Tuesday established a committee to investigate clashes that reportedly took place at a Tehran University dormitory on Sunday.
Aides to two prominent reformist politicians, Saeed Hajjarian and Mohammed Ali Abtahi, say they were detained on Tuesday. Abtahi is an assistant to former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. Separate reports say 26 people have been arrested after a pro-Mousavi rally turned violent Monday.
In Washington Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said he is greatly concerned about the dispute over Iran's presidential election and the suppression of peaceful dissent in Tehran.
Government officials say Mr. Ahmadinejad won re-election with 63 percent of the ballots last Friday, compared to 34 percent for Mr. Mousavi.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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