Iranian Opposition Leaders Call Off Protest

The Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hussein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi issued a joint statement on Thursday calling off plans for protests on Saturday, the anniversary of the disputed presidential election that they claim was rigged.

While the two men were the reformist candidates in the 2009 election and insist that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was not the rightful winner of the contest, they often seemed not to be in control of many of last year’s protests, so some opposition supporters may still take to the streets on June 12.

Here is a translation, prepared for The New York Times, of the complete statement published on Thursday on Saham News, an opposition Web site:


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