Iran hardliners surround opposition leader in holy city

Iran`s Oppn leader was surrounded while in house of a senior cleric in the holy city of Qom.

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2010, 23:52 PM IST

Tehran: Iran`s opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi was surrounded while in the house of a senior cleric
in the holy city of Qom today by regime supporters who also
attacked his car, an opposition website said.

Karroubi had travelled to Qom in central Iran for a
mourning ceremony and later called on Ayatollah Yousef Sanaei
at his home when "forces linked to the power (regime)
surrounded the house," Kaleme.com said.

"Based on an informed source in Qom, the forces are
still surrounding the house and are chanting slogans against
them."

Karroubi`s son, Hossein, told the website that the
regime supporters also used clubs and chains to attack his
father`s car which was parked outside Sanaie`s house.

"I talked to my father`s bodyguard who told me that he
was disturbed" by the attack, he said without elaborating
whether the bodyguard had been injured.

"Our car is sturdy, but it has been completely
destroyed which shows the fury with which it was attacked,"
Hossein said.

He said Karroubi was still holed up inside Sanaie`s
house with supporters of the regime surrounding the building.

"The way the group gathered indicates that they were
organised and properly commanded," Hossein said.

Kaleme.com said Karroubi intended to meet both Sanaei
and Hassan Khomeini, grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,
the father of the Islamic revolution.

Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, the other opposition
leader, spearhead the opposition movement which continues to
reject Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s re-election to the presidency
last year.

Sanaei, who has followers across Iran and abroad, has
himself been a strong supporter of the opposition movement and
often come under attack by hardliners, according to opposition
websites.

In December, around 1,000 members of the feared Basij
Islamic militia attacked Sanaei`s offices in Qom, the
reformist website Norooznews.ir reported at the time.

PTI