Body of Opposition Leader’s Nephew Taken

During this weekend’s protests to commemorate the death of Ayatollah Montazeri and to honor the Shia Saint Hossain (the highest saint in Shia Islam) 8 Iranians have reportedly been killed–one of whom was opposition leader Mir-Hossain Mousavi’s nephew. The body of Mousavi’s nephew, as well other bodies, were reportedly mysteriously taken from the hospital so as to prevent the murdered opposition members from being honored as martyrs. Especially during the month of Ashura, when the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Hossain was martyred during the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD by Yazid’s army, the regime wants to make sure not to allow the opposition to take control of the Ashura protests and to identify themselves as the martyrs and the regime as Yazid’s forces. During the lead up to the 1979 revolution, Khomeni and the opposition at that time saw themselves as Hossain’s small army, standing up to the Shah’s strong regime.

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