Ayatollah Montazeri's funeral yesterday

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A few notes on the funeral yesterday:

The state-controlled Kayhan newspaper made the claim on the front page that there were 5000 people at the funeral. Heh. There were more than 5000 people in this one photograph alone (see more images here). A more accurate number seems to be from a few hundred thousand to close to a million. A few more good photos can be seen here.

Seven days after his death (when mourning usually takes place) also happens to be the same date as Ashura, where a protest was originally planned anyway, and a day that was quite instrumental in bringing down the Shah as well.

Here are two videos from yesterday, from The Lede.


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