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The Guardian: Iran's opposition green movement calls for renewed street protests


Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi ask permission to stage rally in solidarity with protesters in Egypt and Tunisia.

February 8, 2011- Iran's opposition has called for renewed street protests next week on the back of the wave of demonstrations that have swept across the Middle East.

Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the leaders of the green movement in Iran, have issued a call for what they have described as "a solidarity move to support the protests in two Muslim countries of Egypt and Tunisia" on Monday.

The green movement staged a series of mass demonstrations for several weeks in 2009, following a disputed presidential election that gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term in office. Tehran and other major cities saw the biggest popular uprising in the history of the Islamic Republic.

In a joint letter addressed to Iran's interior minister, Mustafa Mohammad Najjar, Mousavi and Karroubi have asked permission to stage a march from Imam Hossein Square to Azadi (or Freedom) Square in central Tehran.

On his official website, Mousavi has likened the protests in Egypt and Tunisia to those in Iran in 2009. "Undoubtedly, the starting point of what we are witnessing in the streets of Tunis, Sana'a, Cairo, Alexandria and Suez should be seen in the Iranian protests," he said.

"The Middle East is on the threshold of great events these days that could affect the fate of the region and the world." .

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