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Iranian Oppositon Leaders Mousavi and Khatami Meet


Report by Radio Zamaneh; photos by Parleman news

Opposition leaders, MirHosein Mousavi and Mohammad Khatami met on Friday to discuss the crisis that has gripped the country since the elections. The two leaders declared: "Iranian people will not be diverted from their path by force and pressure."

Mohammad Khatami (left) and MirHosein Mousavi

Parleman news reported that the two leaders expressed their concerns about the "unpleasant" political atmosphere. The two reformist politicians condemned the "continued arrests and restrictions on liberties."

Mr. Mousavi and Mr. Khatami warned the authorities: "Do not create a situation where the forces that are against the principles of the Revolution and the system become active."

MirHosein Mousavi, endorsed by Mohammad Khatami and numerous reformist groups, was the chief opponent of Mahmoud Ahmadinrejad in the Iranian presidential race. The opposition leaders insist that the June presidential elections were rigged to secure Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory. The mass demonstrations against the alleged fraud were confronted violently by the armed forces resulting in scores of deaths and thousands of arrests. The government and the state media have tried to portray the protests as a foreign-backed conspiracy to topple the regime.

Mr. Mousavi also met with the other prominent opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi on October 12. In that meeting, as in today's meeting, the opposition leaders condemned the role of state media in spreading "slander and unjust accusations" about the opposition.

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