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Arzi asks mourners to pray for death of protest leaders

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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.

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5 Comments

This "thing" was "NOT VOTED" in as presdent! Does khamenei and ahmadinejad really believe that the people of Iran accept him???? Both of You had Neda killed! 02-06-09, 27 years old and so many more along with her and all because he was "NOT" voted in.


khamenei and ahmadinejad ARE MURDERS and NOTHING more.

In my eyes their not even men! Just a waste of human flesh!


And it's sad "to know" that they have murdered "BETTER Men and Women" then themself's.

Colorado

Julie / September 10, 2009 5:21 PM

how can you tell when Ajad is lying? his lips are moving!

Lyle / September 11, 2009 12:27 AM

A pool of alcohol, drugged and raped and satellite TV makes them be proud of getting raped? wtf??? I swear i really want to know, are these people doing this because they are extremely religious and believe that to protect their skewed religious views, they have to resort to any means necessary (i.e. lie as much as they can, kill, etc.)? Or do they not give a damn about religion, and only use religion as a rhetorical tool to rule over people?

IranianCanadian / September 11, 2009 3:18 PM

Where did they dig up this guy Arzi? That's so far fetched it isn't even funny. Could he really believe such a thing? The sad part is some of the people there listening to him probably believed it.

perry1949 / September 11, 2009 6:31 PM

Arzi sounds like he is on drugs. His comments remind me of someone who is disconnected from the real world and could be on drugs or drunk.

d_andress / September 11, 2009 8:03 PM