Pro-Moussavi protestors in Iran demand new election

June 18th, 2009 - 3:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, June 18 (DPA) Protests in favour of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Moussavi and against alleged electoral fraud were scheduled to continue Thursday in Tehran for the sixth consecutive day.
The pro-Moussavi network coordinating the demonstrations said that protestors would first gather in front of the UN office and then move to a square in downtown Tehran.

Moussavi also declared a day of mourning for the victims of the demonstrations. Between five and 12 people have reportedly been killed during the protests.

Moussavi supporters declared that the rallies would be silent as the demand for an annulment of the election and holding a new one are widely known, with no need to repeat them.

Insulting slogans against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in particular should be avoided, the network said in several messages.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will lead Friday prayers in Tehran and is expected to devote his sermon to the election dispute and popular protests.

According to the Iranian constitution, Khamenei has the final say on all state affairs and has the authority to annul the election and order a new vote.

A clergy group again asked for permission from the interior ministry to hold a rally Saturday afternoon. Moussavi and former president Mohammad Khatami plan to attend the rally if permission is granted.

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