Mousavi Silenced by 24-Hour Secret Police Guard

Opposition candidate prevented from speaking freely to supporters
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2009 3:28 AM CDT
Iranian reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi waves to the media during a late night press conference after polls closed in Tehran earlier this month.    (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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(Newser) – Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi is constantly surrounded by guards and secret police and can no longer speak freely to supporters, protest spokesman Mohsen Makhmalbaf tells the Independent. Makhmalbaf, one of Iran's leading film directors, says Mousavi's lines of communications have been cut or confiscated.

Makhmalbaf denies that the protests are running out of steam, and says Mousavi has urged his supporters to adopt Gandhi-like non-violent means of protesting. "The regime is losing ground, not the protests," said Makhmalbaf, a longtime friend of Mousavi's. "Ordinary Iranians are openly rejecting the legitimacy and power of Ayatollah Khamanei. That is entirely new, unheard of."