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Demonstrations continue in Iran as the death toll of protesters killed by the police and Basij rose to 32. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps warned it would crack down on journalists and online media for publishing items that "create tension." The government complained that the US is interfering with Iranian affairs.
The Guardian Council said it may recount some of the votes as tens of thousands of protesters of rivals President Ahmedinejad and Mir Hossein Mousavi took to the streets. Seven demonstrators were killed by the IRGC-supported Basij militia. The US urged Iran to accept an invitation to nuclear talks.
More than 500,000 demonstrators have taken to the streets of Tehran and are organizing in other cities to protest the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mir Hussein Moussavi, Ahmadinejad's rival, appeared in public, debunking reports he was arrested, and called for calm. Just one day after calling the outcome a "divine assessment," Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for an investigation into the vote count.
Rioting has broken out in Tehran after supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi took to the streets to protest what they called rigged elections. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iranians should acknowledge President Ahmadinejad's landslide victory, which he termed a "divine assessment." There are rumors Mousavi has been arrested.
Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli said that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the presidential election in a landslide with more than 62 percent of the vote. Westerners said the vote was rigged by Iran's mullahs.
IRNA, Iran's state-run news agency, said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is leading the presidential election with 66 percent of the vote, with more than 68 percent of the votes counted so far. Mir Hossein Moussavi, the so-called reform candidate, has 31 percent of the vote.