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Iran cleric's funeral becomes opposition protest

Tens of thousands of Iranian mourners turned the funeral procession of the country's most senior dissident cleric into an anti-government protest Monday, chanting "death to the dictator."Full story

Cleric's death rallies Iranian opposition

  Dec. 21: The death of Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the spiritual leader of the reform movement, has led to a huge funeral procession and reports of clashes with authorities. NBC's Ali Arouzi reports.

Iran’s most senior dissident cleric dies at 87

Iran's most senior dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who emerged as the spiritual father of its reform movement, died on Sunday. He was 87. Full story

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Opposition supporters and pro-government demonstrators scuffle during the funeral ceremony of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the spiritual father of Iran's reform movement, in the city of Qom 78 miles south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. Montazeri, who died Sunday at t

Iranians hold portraits of Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri during his funeral procession
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Mourners surround the casket of the Iranian Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the spiritual father of Iran's reform movement, during his funeral ceremony, in the city of Qom 78 miles south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. Montazeri, who died Sunday at the age of 87, was a ke

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People clash during a funeral for Iranian cleric Montazeri

Iranian opposition supporters and supporters of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei clash during the funeral of Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri in the holy city of Qom on December 21, 2009. Hundreds of thousands of mourners turned out in Iran's holy city of Qom for the funeral