December 9, 2009 2:00 am

Vigilantes threaten Moussavi

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Iran's Islamic vigilantes surrounded the office of the opposition leader, Mir-Hossein Moussavi, yesterday after fresh threats from the judiciary that there would be less tolerance of the regime's opponents, reports Najmeh Bozorgmehr.

Mr Moussavi's website reported that 30 to 40 motorcyclists had stopped the opposition leader from leaving the Art Centre, a semi-state-owned body over which he has presided since 1998. He is reported to have told his opponents: "You have a mission. Then carry it out, kill me, hit me and threaten me."

The apparent attempt to intimidate Mr Moussavi followed a rally on Monday in which thousands of students and opposition supporters demonstrated against the regime on university campuses and in the streets. Mr Moussavi had thrown his support behind the students.

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