Iran's opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi called for the immediate release of supporters arrested after the June presidential vote, his website reported on Friday.
Mousavi also urged the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to halt its crackdown on his supporters to enable a way out of the "crisis," his website reported on Friday.
In his first statement posted on his Kaleme.org website since deadly clashes last week, Mousavi demanded that the government "take responsibility for the problems it has created in the country... release political prisoners... and recognise people's right to lawful assembly."
"I say openly that until there is an acknowledgement of the existence of a serious crisis in the country, there will be no possibility of resolving the problems and issues," he said.
Mousavi rejected demands from some for him to renounce his accusations of fraud in a controversial June presidential election that gave Ahmadinejad a new term, or face the consequences.
"Supposedly you calmed things down through your arrests, violence, threats and closure of newspapers and other media. What appreciation does that show for the change in public opinion about the Islamic republic?"
Opposition leaders say the presidential vote was rigged. The government denies this.
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