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Iran Guards Warn Opposition Against November 4 Rallies


TEHRAN (Reuters) -- Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards has warned the moderate opposition not to stage any rallies on November 4, when the Islamic republic marks the 30th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi, who says the June election that he lost to President Mahmud Ahmadinejad was rigged, appeared to urge his supporters two days ago to take part in rallies on that day.

In mid-September, his supporters clashed with police and government backers at annual demonstrations in support of the Palestinians. Some reformist websites have called for renewed demonstrations on November 4.

The Guards, who helped to quell huge street protests after the election, called on the Iranian people to "exercise vigilance in regard to the likelihood of mischief and plots by the enemy's agents and some unaware and misguided [people] on November 4", the official IRNA news agency reported.

"The Iranian nation will not allow any [political] group to impose itself and use diversionary and false slogans on Wednesday," it quoted a Guards statement as saying.
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