Iranian leader warns opposition over burning of Khomeini photo

Published December 13th, 2009 - 01:54 GMT

Iranian anti-government student protests took place on Sunday as debate continued over television images showing the burning of a photo of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for calm and voiced anger over the images.

 

"Some have converted the election campaign into a campaign against the entire system," Khamenei said. "We call on those who are angry to remain calm."

 

The elite Revolutionary Guard, Iran's powerful military force, called on Sunday for the trial and punishment of those behind the move. "The Revolutionary Guard ... won't tolerate any silence or hesitation in the immediate identification, trial and punishment of those carrying out this ugly insult and the agents behind them," it said in a statement posted on its Web site.

 

Under the law, insult to the late or current supreme leader can lead to two years of prison.

 

 

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