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Opposition leaders under arrest get rare family call

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Iranian opposition leaders were allowed a phone call to their children on Tuesday April 30 after 40 days of no contact, the opposition website Kaleme reports.

According to the report, MirHsoein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard were allowed to call their children; however, the conversation was cut short by the authorities.

Rahnavard had reportedly asked to talk again with one of her daughters but was refused and was forced to hang up.

Kaleme wrote that during an earlier visit, Rahnavard had told the officials that restricting contact with their children and pressuring their loved ones would not make her and her husband waver in their resistance.

Mousavi and Rahnavard have been under house arrest since February of 2011, as has Mehdi Karroubi. Mousavi and Karroubi, who both ran for president in 2009, alleged that the election results had been skewed by vote fraud, which earned them immediate persecution by conservative government factions.

The authorities have cut off the opposition leaders from the public and only allow them rare phone calls or brief visits with their children.