According to reports, Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, who died on
Sunday, was buried in Massoumeh's Shrine in the city of Qom besides his martyred son's
grave. Hundreds of thousands of grieving people packed the streets of Qom
chanting slogans praising the revered Ayatollah and the opposition movement;
they also chanted against a government they see as illegitimate. There have been
reports of some clashes between mourners and Basij and security forces during
the funeral procession.
the funeral ceremony of Iranian Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali
Montazeri, the spiritual father of Iran's reform movement, his body
in a casket at left, in the city of Qom, Iran, 21 Dec 2009
Iran's opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and
Mehdi Karroubi who had declared Monday a day of mourning participated at the funeral.
Mir Hossein Mousavi
Montazeri was one of the founding fathers of the
Islamic Republic and remained a top arbiter of Shi'ite law. But his criticism of
what he saw as authoritarianism and human rights abuses led to his being dropped
as successor to the nation's Supreme Leader.
The ayatollah continued his opposition from Qom, where he spent several years
under house arrest for his outspoken views. This year he played a critical role
in condemning the government after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad and a subsequent crackdown on opposition supporters.