The leading opposition contender in Iran’s presidential election, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, has cancelled a rally planned for later today. Mr Mousavi has condemned the election result, but President Ahmadinejad insists he was fairly re-elected.
Just hours before the rally was due to start, the leading opposition candidate, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, announced that the demonstration was cancelled because it had not received official permission. I understand from sources close to Mr Mousavi that he was warned that the police and Basij militia had been given authorisation for the first time to use live rounds if the demonstration went ahead.
A smaller rally is in progress in Tehran University at the moment, being addressed by Mr Mousavi’s wife Zahra Rahnavard. She’s told students that the rally was cancelled because they were worried that the lives of those attending could be in danger. Reports from her rally indicate that parami… >>>