Witnesses: Protests at funeral for Iranian cleric

Witnesses Protests at f

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December 21, 2009 11:21

Tens of thousands of mourners are in Iran's holy city of Qom for the funeral of the most senior dissident cleric who denounced the government's crackdowns. Iranian authorities have barred foreign media from covering the processions Monday for Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. Witnesses said by telephone that many mourners chanted protest slogans, including "Death to the Dictator," in displays of anger against Iran's ruling establishment. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern for their security amid a crackdown against anti-government protesters since June's disputed election.


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