Iranian opposition defies warning, calls for rally

The opposition statement also accused Iranian government of double-standards.

Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 16:00 PM IST

Tehran: An Iranian reformist website says the opposition is defying a government warning and calling on people to stage a rally in solidarity with Tunisian and Egyptian protesters.

Kaleme.com published a statement on Sunday by a council of opposition groups inviting people to attend a peaceful rally on Monday.

The opposition statement also accused the government of double-standards, by voicing support for Egyptian and Tunisian protesters while refusing to issue permission for Iranian political activists to stage a peaceful demonstration.
Last week, authorities rejected the opposition`s request to stage the February 14 rally and warned of repercussions if it does.

Tehran`s rulers crushed protests following the country`s disputed 2009 Presidential Election. The opposition has not managed to stage protests in more than a year.

Bureau Report