Iran clerics schedule pro-Mousavi rally

Iran Materials 18 June 2009 13:39 (UTC +04:00)

A top Reformist body, made up of influential clerics, has asked for authorization to hold a pro-Mousavi rally on Saturday in the Iranian capital, Tehran, Press TV reported.

The Association of Combatant Clerics (Majma'-e Rowhaniyun-e Mobarez) made the request via a letter to Tehran's governor's office, Kalameh website reported on Thursday.

The rally is scheduled to be held on Saturday from 4 to 7 pm (1230 to 1530 GMT) from Enqelab (Revolution) Square to Azadi (Freedom) Square in protest at the results of the country's 10th presidential elections.

According to the website, defeated presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi will address protesters. Former reformist president Mohammad Khatami and the members of the Association of Combatant Clerics (ACC) will reportedly participate in the rally as well.

Iranian authorities have banned rallies, but Mousavi's supporters have held daily silent marches since Friday's disputed election.

Friday's presidential election, which saw incumbent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-elected to a second term, has given rise to mass rallies by hundreds of thousands of Mousavi supporters -- who reject election results as 'charade'.

Some of the demonstrations have turned violent, resulting in the deaths of at least eight people in the Iranian capital. Many others are reported to have sustained injuries.

Mahmoud Rabi'ee, Mousavi's campaign adviser in the north-eastern province of Golestan, denounced the recent unrests saying the rioters are "not supporters of, or linked to Mousavi or his camp."