72 died in post-poll unrest: Iran Opposition
Tehran: An ally of Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi has said 72 people were killed in the street protests that erupted after the disputed June presidential election, a reformist website reported on Thursday.
The death toll provided by Alireza Hosseini Beheshti showed an increase of three compared to an estimate he gave on August 11.
The authorities, who have blamed the opposition for the bloodshed, say at least 26 people were killed in the unrest. They say several members of the pro-government Islamic Basij militia were among those killed.
"The latest number of victims in the street protests reached 72," Beheshti was quoted as saying by the Mosharekat website.
The election, which was followed by huge opposition protests, plunged Iran into its deepest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
The moderate opposition says the ballot was rigged to secure hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s re-election. Officials deny this.
Beheshti is a member of a committee set up by the opposition to investigate the fate of people caught up in the unrest. Human rights groups say thousands of people, including senior opposition figures, were arrested after the election. Many remain in jail.
Iran has begun mass trials of leading moderates accused of fomenting protests in a bid to undermine the Islamic Republic`s clerical leadership.
The authorities have blamed the post-election violence on "rioters," accusing them of attacking government buildings and destroying public property.
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