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Tens of Thousands Gather for Pro-Mousavi Rally in Iran


Tens of thousands of supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi gathered in Tehran Wednesday for another day of protests against last week's disputed election.

Witnessses say many in the crowd wore green wristbands and headbands, the color used by Mr. Mousavi's supporters.

Mr. Mousavi has called for another peaceful demonstration Thursday aimed at getting officials to annul the election results, which he described as a "shameful fraud." In a statement on his Web site, he asked his supporters to stage peaceful protests or gather in mosques Thursday to honor those killed in post-election violence.

His call came as Iran's Revolutionary Guards further cracked down on the media Wednesday, threatening legal action against Web sites that create "tension."

In Seoul, South Korea, at least four members of Iran's national football team wore green wristbands during the first half of a World Cup qualifying match.

The disputed election, which handed a landslide victory to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has triggered Iran's most serious unrest since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Iran's Press TV says post-election violence has left at least eight people dead.

Groups supporting Mr. Ahmadinejad have also staged large demonstrations.

Reporters and photographers of foreign news organizations have already been barred from covering "unauthorized" political events and demonstrations.

Iran's powerful Guardian Council said Tuesday it will recount some ballots from Friday's controversial vote after challengers to Mr. Ahmadinejad called his re-election a fraud.

Aides to two prominent reformist politicians, Saeed Hajjarian and Mohammed Ali Abtahi, say they were detained on Tuesday. Abtahi is an assistant to former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. Separate reports say 26 people were arrested after a pro-Mousavi rally turned violent Monday.

In Washington Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said he is very concerned about the dispute over Iran's presidential election and the suppression of peaceful dissent in Tehran.

Government officials say Mr. Ahmadinejad won re-election with 63 percent of the ballots last Friday, compared to 34 percent for Mr. Mousavi.

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