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Iran opposition urges big turnout at dissident funeral

TEHRAN - Opposition groups urged Iranians on Tuesday to attend in large numbers the funeral procession of veteran dissident Ezatollah Sahabi, a gathering that could turn into an anti-government protest.
Sahabi, a former member of parliament who was forced into opposition in the 1980s, died of stroke in a Tehran hospital overnight at the age of 81.Opposition websites carried statements urging broad participation in Sahabi's funeral, which will be held in Lavasan on Wednesday. They said there was already a heavy security presence in the northeastern city in anticipation of the event.
A longtime activist, Sahabi was jailed both before and after the revolution and spent a total of 15 years behind bars on various charges including efforts to overthrow Islamic rule.
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