Children of Dissident Clerics Arrested in Iran
New York Times / Nazila Fathi

TORONTO — Authorities in Iran have arrested at least seven children and grandchildren of senior clerics in the religious city of Qum and threatened to arrest the son of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the powerful cleric and a former president, in what appeared to be fresh pressure on religious leaders who sympathize with the opposition.

The arrests, reported by several opposition sites on Tuesday but apparently carried out Monday, coincided with a harsh rebuke of Iran’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, from a senior outspoken dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Montazeri, who urged colleagues to support the opposition movement.

Ayatollah Khamenei has the final say on state matters and has issued fierce warnings against Iranians who have challenged the June 12 election, in which the incumbent, >>>

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