Mousavi Will Attend Public Services Friday

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 15, 2009 4:15 PM CDT
Mir Hossein Mousavi, left, and Hashemi Rafsanjani.   (AP Photos)
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(Newser) – Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi vowed not to let the blood of protesters killed in postelection crackdown go in vain as he met with the family of a young man shot to death during the turmoil, a reformist Web site reported today. He also announced that he will attend Tehran's main Friday prayer services this week for the first time, a key symbolic assertion of the opposition's presence.

The sermon Friday is due to be delivered by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is a top rival of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and is believed to be a strong behind-the-scenes backer of Mousavi.The Tehran University event is a significant political platform that hard-line clerics have used in recent weeks to demand a halt to postelection protests. Rafsanjani could become the first opposition voice heard there.