By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL
Iranian opposition leader and reformist cleric Mehdi Karrubi has again been
harassed by a group of apparent hard-liners who verbally assailed him at the
Sharif University mosque on June 29. Karrubi was reportedly shouted down upon
entering the mosque to attend a mourning ceremony for the father of former
reformist official Mohammad Reza Aref.
Here's a video reportedly from the incident:
A report posted
on Karrubi's "Sahamnews" website says the reformist cleric was faced by "Basiji
thugs" who insulted him, chanted slogans, and tried to disrupt the mourning
ceremony therefore he decided to leave the mosque.
Karrubi told the website that he was very sorry to see that the Basij force that defended the country during its war with Iraq has been reduced to "confronting academics at universities, beating up people in mosques, getting involved in vote rigging, killing people in the streets, attacking the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah [Ruhollah] Khomeini, and attacking the offices and homes of senior clerics."
According to the report by Saham News, Karroubi said: "I am saying if during Shah's regime there was one mad thug (The Brainless Shaban, the famous thug at Shah's time who was supported by the regime to create fear, disturb protests and intimidate the opposition), now this government has trained many mad thugs, and these individuals must know that Mehdi Karroubi is standing to the very end and is ready to pay any price in this path and will not stop until reinstates people's rights."
Karrubi has turned into one of the most outspoken critics of the postelection
crackdown, and he's also criticized the broad power and authority of Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni under the principle of "velayat-e faqih," or rule
of the supreme jurisprudent.
Karrubi recently said -- without naming Khamenei -- that he thinks the supreme jurisprudent wields more authority than that given by God to His prophets and the imams.
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