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Top Iran dissident cleric warns govt over crackdown

Top Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri warned on Thursday that continued suppression of opposition protests could destabilise the government.

world Updated: Jun 25, 2009 13:15 IST

Top Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri warned on Thursday that continued suppression of opposition protests could destabilise the government.

"If Iranians cannot talk about their legitimate rights at peaceful gatherings and are instead suppressed, complexities will build up which could possibly uproot the foundations of the government, no matter how powerful," the cleric said in a statement faxed to AFP.

Montazeri also urged the authorities to set up an "impartial" committee with full power to find a solution to the election crisis.

"My recommendation to the great and dear Iranian nation is to pursue its logical and fair demands in complete calm," he added.