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    Iran Opposition Rally 'to Go Ahead' Despite Supreme Leader's Warning

    Iran's opposition will proceed with a planned rally in Tehran despite supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warning the groups against holding protests, an aide to defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi said.

    "The demonstration plan has not been cancelled and accordingly it must be held this afternoon," Reuters reported the aide as saying.

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    The BBC reported Mir Hossein Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, wrote on her Facebook page that the rally would go ahead, while an announcement reportedly made on the Web site of Mousavi's Kalameh newspaper said he would make an "important" statement to the Iranian people.

    Deputy national police commander Ahmadreza Radan said Iranian police will deal firmly with any illegal gatherings.

    "I should emphasize that all protests held in the past week were illegal and beginning today any gathering critical of the election would be illegal," Reuters reported Radan as saying. "And police will deal with it (the protests) firmly and with determination."

    Mousavi received a stern warning Saturday not to encourage his supporters to take to the streets, a day after Khamenei warned opposition leaders to end street protests or be held responsible for any "bloodshed and chaos" to come.

    It was unclear if Mousavi would attend the rally or how large it would be.

    Iran's Interior Ministry reiterated the warning to Mousavi on Saturday, saying he would "be held responsible for the consequences of any illegal gatherings." The ministry also accused the 67-year-old former prime minister of supporting protests that "have lead to the disruption of security and public order," State Security Council secretary, Abbas Mohtaj, said in a statement on the ministry's Web site.

    The warnings place Mousavi at a pivotal moment. He can either back down or risk a crushing response from police and the forces at Khamenei's disposal the powerful Revolutionary Guard and their volunteer citizen militia, the basij.

    There also are questions about Mousavi's ability to control his own followers, many who are waiting for a clear response to Khamenei's edict on Friday before Saturday's planned rally.
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    I wonder if Mousavi has realized yet that its moved beyond him if it continues.

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    Re: Iran Opposition Rally 'to Go Ahead' Despite Supreme Leader's Warning

    Iran protests 'to go ahead'
    A key rally against Iran's presidential elections will go ahead - in defiance of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - opposition sources say.
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    An aide to Mr Karroubi also told the BBC that a rally would take place and that it would be attended by Mr Mousavi and Mohammad Khatami - the former president, key reformist and ally of Mr Mousavi.

    But the BBC's Jon Leyne in Tehran says events are moving quickly, with the website of Mr Mousavi's Kalameh newspaper later saying he was due to make an announcement imminently.

    Mr Mousavi had been expected, along with fellow challengers Mr Karroubi and Mohsen Rezai, to discuss more than 600 objections they had filed complaining about the poll at a meeting of the Guardian Council, which certifies elections, on Saturday.

    Iranian media reports suggested that neither Mr Mousavi nor Mr Karroubi attended the meeting.

    Our correspondent says that, if true, it might suggest they have abandoned their legal challenge to the election results.
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    Police warning

    Iranian officials have warned protest leaders not to launch fresh demonstrations.

    Abbas Mohtaj - head of Iran's State Security Council and also deputy interior minister - issued a direct warning to Mr Mousavi.

    "Should you provoke and call for these illegal rallies you will be responsible for the consequences," he said in a statement.

    State TV also broadcast a warning by a senior police commander warning that police would not countenance any more street protests.
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    Re: Iran Opposition Rally 'to Go Ahead' Despite Supreme Leader's Warning

    BBC is reporting that police are preventing groups and using tear gas on them


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    Re: Iran Opposition Rally 'to Go Ahead' Despite Supreme Leader's Warning

    BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran police disperse protesters

    Iranian police have used water cannon, batons and tear gas to disperse protests in the capital over the presidential election, witnesses say.

    They had earlier warned protesters not to gather, but many had made their way to the central rally site anyway.


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