TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran‘s opposition leaders will attend the nationwide “Qods Day” rally on Friday, a reformist website reported on Wednesday, a move that could lead to fresh anti-government protests.
The June presidential election, which was followed by huge opposition protests, plunged Iran into political turmoil and exposed deepening divisions within its ruling elite.
Opposition leaders say the poll was rigged to secure President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election. The authorities deny it.
Iranian authorities, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have warned the opposition against turning the annual anti-Israel rally into street protests against the clerical establishment.
Defeated presidential candidates Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi said they would attend the anti-Israel rally. “Mousavi, Karoubi and former president Mohammad Khatami will participate in Friday’s rally,” said the reformist website, Mowjcamp.