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Iranian opposition defies warning, calls for rally

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.

Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 18:34 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 today by a council of
opposition groups inviting people to attend a peaceful rally
tomorrow.

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.

PTI