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Iran's Karoubi says street protests should be allowed

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Iranian presidential candidate Mehdi Karoubi gestures to protesters gathered at the Ghoba mosque in northern Tehran June 28, 2009. REUTERS/via Your View

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran’s moderate defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karoubi said the authorities should allow street protests without being suppressed by armed forces, his website reported, a few hours after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sworn in as president.

“Using frightening methods to suppress people will bear no result. Allow people to protest in the streets and to chant slogans ... an imposed state of security will harm our national security ... mass arrests of moderates and having such mass trials will endanger the country’s national interests,” the Etemademelli website reported.