Turmoil in Tehran! Secular Cleric's Followers Clash With Regime!
** Massive Unrest in Tehran! **
Amir Farshad has video!
This is interesting…
Offsides Abseits has a copy of the letter from Ayatollah Borojerdi to the Pope where he describes the tortuous conditions under the mullacracy and asks for support!
Winston is following the situation and has several photos of the clashes.
Ouside the home of Ayatollah Mohammad Kazemeini Boroujerdi in Tehran. (ISNA)
Iran News has this:
“[Security forces] took away his daughter and 38 others two months ago, they’ve freed them but they came this morning to take away [Boroujerdi] but the neighbors didn’t give in,” the man said. “They came again later to arrest him but his supporters have gathered here and will resist. Thank God, we’re many, about 2,000 to 3,000.”
Reuters has more on the major unrest in Tehran. For months the hardliner mullahs have been trying to arrest a moderate Ayatollah who is speaking out against the policies of the brutal Shiite leaders:
Supporters of a senior Shi’ite Muslim cleric who has challenged Iran’s system of clerical rule have clashed with police during a protest outside the cleric’s house, Iranian media reported on Sunday.
Police used teargas to disperse the crowd, which was estimated at 200(?) people or more, who had gathered on Saturday outside the home in southern Tehran of Ayatollah Mohammad Kazemeini Boroujerdi, newspapers reported.
Etemad-e Melli daily said protesters formed a cordon around the house to call for the release of Boroujerdi’s followers who they said had been detained. Some newspapers said the crowd feared Boroujerdi might himself be arrested.
Seday-e Edalat reported that the crowd, some carrying knives, lit fires to stop police approaching the house. A picture showed police in riot geared lined up near a crowd of people in the street and smoke rising up.
The Iranian authorities are wary of any challenge, particularly from top clerics, to the system of clerical rule that was established after the 1979 Islamic revolution by revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
“We believe that our nation is tired of political religion and they want to return to traditional religion,” Boroujerdi told Iran’s labor news agency ILNA on Saturday.
He said he had written to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, Pope Benedict and other leaders asking them “to make efforts to spread traditional religion,” ILNA reported.
Iranian cleric Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, right, consults with the Quran, as a woman asks for his guidance on a personal issue during a public visit at the courtyard of his house in Tehran, Iran, in this photo dated Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. Police clashed with demonstrators early Saturday Oct. 7, 2006, outside the home of cleric Boroujerdi. (AP)
Head Shrinkers writes:
The Khaleej Times is now reporting that Ayatollah Boroujerdi has been arrested.
On Friday several hundred teachers gathered to protest conditions in Tehran.