Iran makes arrests over torn Ayatollah photo

Last Updated: Monday, December 14, 2009 - 16:08

Tehran: Iranian state radio is reporting that authorities have arrested several people accused of involvement in destroying photos of the country`s supreme leader and the revered founder of the Islamic Republic.
In student demonstrations last week, supporters of Iran`s pro-reform opposition movement burned and trampled on pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. They oppose him for backing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s disputed June re-election.

But the opposition denies tearing up a photo of the leader of Iran`s 1979 revolution, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who remains a widely respected figure in Iran.

They accuse the government of staging video of someone destroying Khomeini`s picture to discredit their protest movement.

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First Published: Monday, December 14, 2009 - 16:08

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