An Iranian reformist website has reported clashes on the streets after the funeral of leading dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri.
The Kaleme site says the car of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was attacked by what are described as ‘plainclothes men’ on motorbikes as he left the holy Shi’ite city of Qom to return to Tehran. Thousands had attended the funeral, and there are reports that some people chanted anti-government slogans.
Montazeri died on Saturday aged 87. He was viewed as the spiritual patron of the reformist movement in Iran following the disputed presidential election in June.
The internet also reports clashes between police and stone-throwing protestors near Montazeri’s house. The reports cannot be verified independently as foreign media were banned from covering the funeral.
Montazeri was a fierce critic of Iran’s government, arguing that the regime in Tehran has imposed a dictataorship in the name of Islam.
Clashes reported after Montazeri funeral