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Religious Attack

Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri seems to be emerging as a voice of reason against the Iranian government.

“For years, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri criticized Iran’s supreme leader and argued that the country was not the Islamic democracy it claimed to be, but his words seemed to fall on deaf ears. Now many Iranians, including some former government leaders, are listening. Ayatollah Montazeri has emerged as the spiritual leader of the opposition, an adversary the state has been unable to silence or jail because of his religious credentials and seminal role in the founding of the republic… Now, as the Iranian government has cracked down to suppress the protests that erupted after the presidential election in June and devastated the reform movement, Ayatollah Montazeri uses religion to attack the government’s legitimacy.”

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has praised the “tens of millions” turnout at the government-backed rally marking the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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