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Protests and Clashes Mark Montazeri Memorial Service

Iranians hold portraits of Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri during his funeral procession in the holy city of Qom, 21Dec2009

Protests and Clashes Mark Montazeri Memorial Service

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri's memorial service turned violent in the city of Isfahan today. An eyewitness told Radio Farda that mourners found the doors of the mosque closed and the street blocked by a huge amount of security forces. They then started to protest, chanting slogans such as, "Montazeri's will: down with this dictatorship!" and "Montazeri, your path will be followed!" They eyewitness says he then saw police attack and arrest a number of people. [read in Farsi]

The Green Movement Without Montazeri

Professor Abbas Milani of Stanford University told Radio Farda that Montazeri's absence will affect the Green Movement for a short time, but it will not stop it. "This movement is not dependent on one person or a leader; it is mainly rooted in the fundamental conflict between the people who want to have a normal life in the 21st century and a regime which wants to govern them by ancient laws." [read in Farsi]