Iranian Cleric’s Death Spurs Protests: ‘The Regime is Coming Down’

December 21, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The death of Iranian Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri over the weekend, set off a new wave of anti-government protests on Sunday, putting the Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Basij militia into high alert. Ayatollah Montazeri, 87, was a vocal critic of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In fact, the Ayatollah Montazeri was placed under house arrest from 1997 to 2003. He came out in support of student protesters six-months ago, calling the election of Ahmadinejad fraudulent and denounced the government clerics, as a dictatorship.

With his death, anti-government activists are using the mourning processions leading up to his funeral on Monday, as an avenue to protest against Iran’s brutal regime. In Tehran on Sunday, crowds of mourners held up pictures of the dead cleric and chanted, “This is the month of blood, the regime is coming down.”

Adding to the tension in the country over the weekend, was the report on Saturday, that 12 officials from Kahrizak prison were arrested for the torture and murder of three student-protesters imprisoned there, during the summer protests against the fraudulent election of Ahmadinejad. Three prison guards were charged with first-degree murder. The notorious prison was closed in July. Famiy members were told their loved ones had died from meningitis, but it was obvious from the condition of their bodies that they were tortured and beaten to death.

When the prison was closed after the deaths, Ayatollah Montazeri chastised the Ayatollah Khamenei for trying to “fool people.” You can’t blame all these sins on a building,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Basij militia have embarked on a their usual brutal suppression campaign to quiet protesters, by making threatening phone calls to known activists and arresting others on their way to Qom for the beloved cleric’s funeral.

See the Wall Street Journal for more.

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2 Responses to “Iranian Cleric’s Death Spurs Protests: ‘The Regime is Coming Down’”

  1. steve james on December 23rd, 2009 12:04 am

    There goes another chance of making peace with those nutjobs. Although, these clerics never have real legitimacy… why does it take a death to flare things up – and it only lasts a few days. – Messages like these are what need to be passed along… it’s just a matter of time because the crazies are ousted. Fingers crossed.

  2. Steve James on December 30th, 2009 12:56 am

    It’s nice to see so many people rally against a moderate muslim religious figure – that country needs a revolt NOW.

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