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Iranian dissident cleric condemns government intimidations

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian reformist cleric, Ayatollah Sanei condemned the government's attempt to intimidate followers of reformist Shiite leaders within the clergy. He declared: "We should never get to a stage where religion becomes a tool for protecting power. What does it mean to pressure people for the members of the clergy they choose to appeal to or the mosques they choose to pray at?"

Ayatollah Sanei

In a meeting with a group of students and academics, Ayatollah Sanei warned that "these people are trying to exert their power over people's minds and thoughts," and warned that they are even trying to "omit" a number of Ayatollah Khomeini's principles.

Ayatollah Sanei declared that the public will not be "deceived" by these violators of "people's right" and these "intimidations" will have to end sometime.

Ayatollah Sanei has been one of the most prominent voices of dissent within the clergy against the government treatment of protesters in the past eleven months.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad supporters have repeatedly attacked his offices and criticized his political statements.

The Association of Seminary Teachers in Qom has also made some controversial attempts at undermining his credentials as a Shiite cleric that can have a following.

Karoubi calls for more tolerance from Iranian government

Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karoubi criticized Islamic Republic authorities for continued arrest of dissidents and urged them to show greater tolerance. Kalameh Website reports that Mehdi Karoubi visited the family of Alireza Beheshti Shirazi, imprisoned senior adviser of Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Mehdi Karoubi visiting Alireza Beheshti's family

Karoubi condemned the government strategy to pressure the disputing candidate of the 2009 presidential elections, Mir Hossein Mousavi, through the arrest of his senior aides.

He stressed: "The Revolution and the Islamic Republic is not what these gentlemen are carrying out and it is our duty to return the Islamic Republic to its right path."

Alireza Beheshti Shirazi, who was once arrested in the early days of protests following the June presidential elections, was released only to be arrested shortly after again in December and is still in prison.

Mehdi Karoubi also visited Ahmad Motamedi, the Minister of Communications in Mohammad Khatami's reform government, at the hospital.

Karoubi visiting Ahmad Motamedi

Motamedi was stabbed at his workplace at Amir Kabir University by a fifty-year-old man.

His wife, Fatemeh Azhdari threatened to reveal "the truth" if "wrongful" reports regarding the attack on his husband's life continue.

Azhdar maintains that they are trying to reduce the "assassination attempt" against her husband to a crime with "personal motivations."

She condemned the national broadcasting Seda va Sima's coverage of the incident saying: "I swear that if they do not rectify the wrongful coverage of this matter, I will speak out the truth."

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