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Top Iran cleric calls for freeing jailed activists
AP - via Google ^ | July 17, 2009 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI

Posted on 07/17/2009 3:29:14 AM PDT by don-o

TEHRAN, Iran — Senior Iranian cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is calling for the release of opposition supporters arrested in the government's crackdown on postelection protests.

Rafsanjani has made the call during his sermon at Iran's main Friday prayers, where tens of thousands of opposition supporters have gathered in a show of strength for their movement. Rafsanjani is considered their top supporters in Iran's clerical leadership.

Rafsanjani says keeping the detainees in prison "is not necessary," saying "we should not let enemies criticize or laugh at us ... for keeping our people in jail."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; rafsanjani

1 posted on 07/17/2009 3:29:14 AM PDT by don-o
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Tens of thousands — mostly pro-opposition but also some government backers — packed the prayer hall and shouted competing slogans. Hard-liners made traditional chants of “death to America,” while opposition supporters countered with “death to Russia” — a reference to government’s ties to Moscow. Many pro-reform worshippers wore green headbands or wristbands or had green prayer rugs — the opposition movement’s color.


2 posted on 07/17/2009 3:30:36 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine PFC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island - LC -6/4/09 - 29 Palms - Camp Pendleton 6/18)
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They’re talking about freeing those that openly oppose the Iranian government, but I can’t find anything about freeing the Baha’is. Leniency for political crimes; no mercy with religious crimes.


3 posted on 07/17/2009 3:53:22 AM PDT by expat_panama
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“They’re talking about freeing those that openly oppose the Iranian government, but I can’t find anything about freeing the Baha’is. Leniency for political crimes; no mercy with religious crimes.”

That’s because this is Rafsanjani and this is being said for his own interests. He doesn’t care about the people in prison.


4 posted on 07/17/2009 4:49:02 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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They’re talking about freeing those that openly oppose the Iranian government, but I can’t find anything about freeing the Baha’is. Leniency for political crimes; no mercy with religious crimes..........

Yet


5 posted on 07/17/2009 5:46:01 AM PDT by Valin
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Reports coming through Twitter indicate that the Belgium and Portugese Portuguese Embassies are taking injured Iranian’s in.

Judging from the increased traffic load on the on-line Farsi translators that I observed last night it sounds like the conflict is gaining ground.


6 posted on 07/17/2009 8:35:58 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (The last time I looked, this is still Texas where I live.)
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