Iranian Opposition Leader Calls on Supporters to Take to the Streets


Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
The Los Angele Times
July 28, 2009

[efoods]Mir-Hossein Mousavi says upcoming religious festivals are an opportunity for the protesters. He also asks followers to ready themselves for unspecified sacrifices.

Tehran and Beirut – Iran’s leading opposition figure today called on his supporters to head into the streets “each day” during an upcoming series of religious festivals surrounding the birthday of the Imam Mahdi, the 12th saint in the Shiite faith, potentially escalating tensions between a burgeoning protest movement and authorities amid an ongoing crackdown.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the former prime minister who supporters say was the victim of vote fraud in the June 12 presidential election, said the days of festivities surrounding the holiday are opportunities for the political movement built on his campaign.

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