Jul 05 2009

Leading Iranian Clerics Reject Ahmedinejad’s Faked Election

Published by at 9:36 am under Iran

Huge news out of Iran today:

The most important group of religious leaders in Iran called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate on Saturday, an act of defiance against the country’s supreme leader and the most public sign of a major split in the country’s clerical establishment.

A statement by the group, the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qum, represents a significant, if so far symbolic, setback for the government and especially the authority of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose word is supposed to be final. The government has tried to paint the opposition and its top presidential candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, as criminals and traitors, a strategy that now becomes more difficult — if not impossible.

This is the insurrection many hinted might come a few weeks ago. This is nation’s top clerics in Qum splitting with Tehran. Without the clerics of Qum there is no religious pretense left for Khamenei or Ahmedinejad. Which means the government could legitimately be seen as a sin against Islam. All bets are off on what happens next in Iran.

More here at the BBC

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  1. …a friend of mine, who I went to University with 32 years ago, lives in Tehran now with her family.

    She sent me the following link; some of the pictures have been seen before, others, not.

    She says at night, her and her family go up on the roof and shout “Allah o’ Akbar”: