Iran warns against rallies

June 20, 2009 12:00 am

, TEHRAN, Jun 20 – Iran’s security council warned defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi he would be held responsible for consequences of "illegal" rallies, the ISNA agency reported on Saturday.

"Your national duty tells you to refrain from provoking illegal gatherings," council head Abbas Mohtaj, who is also deputy interior minister, said in a letter to Mousavi.

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

Mohtaj also dismissed Mousavi’s allegations on "the police vandalising people’s property."

Mousavi and his supporters have defied authorities and held several massive marches to protest against presidential poll results in Tehran following the announcement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election.

On Wednesday he wrote an open letter to the council, demanding that vigilantes and unidentified plainclothes agents among the police be stopped from attacking demonstrators and destroying private property and cars.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday demanded an end to street protests, warning that the opposition leaders would be held accountable for any "bloodshed and violence."


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