Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri

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Reports: Iran Fires on Protesters, Kills 4

Strife in Tehran is most heated since June protests

(Newser) - Iranian security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in the capital today, killing at least four people and injuring two others in the fiercest clashes in months, opposition websites and witnesses said. Authorities had warned of a harsh crackdown should opposition supporters hold rallies coinciding with today's religious observances marking... More »

Iranian Forces Clash With Protesters

More rallies are expected tomorrow during mourning ritual

(Newser) - Iranian security forces beat protesters in central Tehran today while hardline activists disrupted a speech by the country's moderate former president, said reformist websites. Several injuries were reported in the unrest, which came a day before the Shiite Muslim mourning ceremony of Ashoura. Opposition activists have held a series of... More »

Iran Bans Memorials for Dissident Cleric

Montazeri appreciations banned after days of protests

(Newser) - Iran banned memorials for the country's most senior dissident cleric and reiterated a stern warning to the opposition today, after days of services in honor of the spiritual leader turned into street protests against the government. A commemoration had been planned for Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri in the town... More »

Iranian Cleric's Funeral Stirs Opposition Protests

Anti-gov't protesters salute dissident Montazeri

(Newser) - Iran's opposition movement rumbled again today as tens of thousands of mourners joined the funeral procession for Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the senior dissident cleric who had denounced government crackdowns as the work of power-hungry despots. Tehran barred foreign media from the ceremonies for Montazeri, who died yesterday at... More »

Top Iranian Dissident Montazeri Dies

Cleric had been in line to succeed supreme leader, fell from favor

(Newser) - Iran's most senior dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who emerged as the spiritual father of its reform movement, died in his sleep overnight. He was 87. Once slated to succeed Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Montazeri instead led the charge in accusing the country's ruling Islamic establishment of imposing dictatorship... More »

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