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Ahmadinejad Warns Iranian Opposition Ahead Of Planned Protests

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (file photo)
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today warned the opposition of tough measures ahead of planned protests at next week's anniversary of last year's disputed June 12 presidential vote.

Ahmadinejad made the warning during a speech marking the 21st anniversary of the death of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic of Iran's founder.

Ahmadinejads, speaking at the mausoleum of Khomeini in south Tehran, accused his opponents of deviating from Khomeini's path and of thinking and siding with Iran's "worst enemies."

He said that those who will "tarnish" Iran's image "will be removed from the [political] scene."

Crowds of people shouted "God is greatest!" and "Death to America! Death to Israel!" during Ahmadinejad's address.

The opposition has applied for permission to hold at least one protest rally on June 12. It is widely believed the request will be rejected.

Dozens of people have been killed in violence following the disupted elections, while two people were executed and six are on death row.

compiled from agency reports