AirTalk for December 21, 2009

Iran's leading dissident cleric dies

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Iranians hold portraits of Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri during his funeral procession in the holy city of Qom on December 21, 2009.

The death of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the chief opposition cleric in Iran, set off protests following his funeral today. Montazeri, once a follower of Ayatollah Khomeini, became a symbol of defiance in Iran when he denounced the politically motivated killings of his former mentor. Where does the opposition fit into the future Iranian political structure?


Borzou Daragahi, Beirut Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times, he just returned from Iran

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