“Mir Hossein Mousavi, the Iranian opposition leader, has called for an immediate end to the government crackdown on opposition activists, saying he was ready to die in defence of people’s rights. In a statement on his Kaleme website on Friday, Mousavi, also said that the Islamic Republic was in ‘serious crisis’ following the disputed presidential election in June. ‘I am not afraid to die for people’s demands … Iran is in serious crisis … Harsh remarks … will create internal uprising … the election law should be changed … political prisoners should be freed,’ his statement added. He accused the government of making more mistakes by resorting to ‘violence and killings’ to quell the protests over the poll outcome, that saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the incumbent president, re-elected for another term. ‘Arresting or killing Mousavi, will not calm the situation,’ Mousavi, who lost the election, said in the statement.”
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