Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard on Sunday called for the protesters who tore up pictures of the revered Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to be punished, in the latest pressure on the opposition movement.
"The Guard ... won't tolerate any silence or hesitation in the immediate identification, trial and punishment of those carrying out this ugly insult and the agents behind them," the Guard said in a statement posted on its website.
Television cameras caught images of students tearing up Khomeini's photo during anti-government protests last week and the images have been repeatedly broadcast on state TV. Khomeini remains widely respected and revered in Iran.
The opposition maintains that those were isolated incidents and are being used by the regime to discredit the reformists, who are protesting what they say were rigged presidential elections in June.