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Iran blames US for 'intolerable' meddling

Tens of thousands rallied behind defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi again on Wednesday. Soccer players at a World Cup qualifying match wore green to show their solidarity.

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Five days into the vast and sometimes violent street demonstrations over Friday's contested presidential election, Iran blamed the United States for "intolerable" interference in its domestic affairs.

President Barack Obama had specifically said he was avoiding being seen as meddling, saying it was "not productive, given the history of US-Iranian relations."

State television has portrayed the violence at rallies supporting defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi as the act of "hooligans." But as more video footage and news of peaceful daytime rallies and violent nighttime clashes break out through the restrictions placed upon the foreign media in Iran (most of it reaching the world anonymously through YouTube and Twitter), the contours of the power struggle have been coming clearer.

Three days after the Revolutionary Guards of the Sahrallah base took control of security of the capital from the police, according to sources in Tehran, a large pro-reformist rally packed a central Tehran avenue on Wednesday.


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