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Iranian Legislative Committee Raises Possibility of Legal Action Against Mousavi

After a hotly contested election pitting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against leading challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi, the government declared Ahmadinejad the winner on June 13. Mousavi's supporters took to the streets to protest the results, and were met with harsh security crackdowns.

"The breakup of illegal demonstrations has left the police with numerous physical and mental injuries," he said.

Fars News also reported the arrest of members of a foreign-based opposition group who had been accused of shooting people, including police.

"This group fired blindly at the crowds of people and law enforcement personnel in the streets," Fars reported, saying that those arrested belonged to the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, an Islamist Marxist group that the United States has labeled a terrorist organization. The group, which sided with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, has little support among most Iranians.

Many eyewitnesses, however, have reported seeing gunmen they said were members of the Basij shooting at people, mainly from rooftops.

Supporters of Mousavi, 67, have called for a national strike Tuesday and urged Iranians to wear black and carry black candles with green ribbons -- green being the signature color of Mousavi's campaign -- to commemorate those killed during demonstrations Saturday.

On Monday, Iranian state television began advising citizens not to go out on the streets after 8 p.m., warning people to stay home "for their own safety."

Mousavi supporters also urged people to drive with their headlights on during the afternoon rush hour Monday.


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