Mousavi Plans 'Day of Mourning' as Protests Spread

Demonstrations may be largest yet; violence reaches across country
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2009 5:54 AM CDT
A woman covers her face with piece of cloth in green and a sign in Persian reading "Mir Hossein Mousavi" during a rally in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday June, 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Fars news agency,)
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(Newser) – The Iranian regime is resorting to more extreme measures against supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi and other reformers, reports the Times of London, as the opposition planned yet another massive rally against alleged electoral fraud. Despite dozens of high-profile arrests and raids on universities, thousands are expected to join Mousavi today for a march today in Tehran—wearing black in mourning for those killed in the protests.

Last night Iran blamed the US for supposed interference in the post-election aftermath, and one official threatened to execute demonstrators for supposed links to foreigners. Despite the ban on Western journalists, images and video of protests have streamed in from cities across the country. Amnesty International has reported state violence, including deaths, beatings and tear gassing, as far as Shiraz in the country's south and Oroumiye in the northwest.