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Arzi asks mourners to pray for death of protest leaders
Khabaronline | Sept. 9, 2009
Haj Mansour Arzi, a famous Tehran Madah (one who recites eulogy-like religious poetry), urged participants of Ihya ceremonies in Arg Mosque to pray for the death of the leaders of the unrest.
In his controversial speech, Arzi claimed that '100 boys and girls were taken to a swimming pool filled with alcohol, where they were given drugs and raped one another before being turned loose on the protesters whom they assaulted and killed.'
"The coming of satellite TV into homes has changed the situation of the country so that some people take pride in claiming to be rape victims," he said.
He went on to urge people to pray for the death of the leaders of the unrest, saying, "These immature young people are not behind the unrest. Rather the culprits are those leaders who wanted to discredit the sacred establishment of the Islamic Republic."
Arzi than called Mehdi Karroubi the "Sheik of Sedition" and told the crowd gathered for Ihya at the mosque that there was no need to repent for voting for Karroubi.
"Just as the Supreme Leader has said there is no need to repent for voting for any of the four candidates," he explained.
Safar-Harandi to run Etelaat
Asr Iran | Sept. 9, 2009
Hossein Safar-Harandi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's former minister of culture and Islamic guidance, is to become the new head of Etelaat Institute.
Safar-Harandi will replace Hojjatoleslam Mahmoud Doaii.
Safar-Harandi, a former editor of Kayhan, had earlier expressed a desire to return to a career in journalism.