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Iran: Basij Militia Attack Imam Khomeini's House During Speech by Opposition Leader Khatami

According to, over fifty members of Basij and plainclothes militia attacked the prayer hall in Imam Khomeini's house in Tehran using chains, batons and pepper spray, interrupting a speech by former president Mohammad Khatami.

Mohammad Khatami (left) at Khomeini's house

 According Kaleme about 2000 people had gathered at the prayer hall in Imam Khomeini's house, with another few thousands people gathered outside, to hear opposition leader Khatami speak on the eve of Ashura. But shortly after Khatami started speaking about the current events, the Basij and plainclothes militia forced their way into the prayer hall while chanting slogans in support of the supreme leader. The attackers terrorized the people inside and did not allow Khatami to finish his speech. At this time Khatami's bodyguards guided him out of the place out of concern for his safety.

Basjis forcing their way into the prayer hall.

According to reports, the Basij also beat the unarmed people and used tear gas and electric shock on them. Reportedly a number of people were injured during by Basij during this incident.

Opposition supporters chanting against the Basij

Following videos show the start of Khatami's speech, the attack by Basij Militia and the reaction by the people inside the prayer hall.



Related Report:

Iranians mark the Shiite holiday Ashura with mass unrest in Tehran

Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, December 27, 2009

TEHRAN -- Iran's opposition is gearing up for a potentially large demonstration against the government on Sunday to coincide with the climax of a major Shiite religious commemoration. The Rah-e Sabz Web site, a mouthpiece of the grass-roots opposition movement, called for nationwide protests around noon in the capital, which on Saturday was the scene of several clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police.

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