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harsh punishment for riot leaders

A senior Iranian cleric has called on the government to harshly punish the leaders of post-election protests. Ayatollah Ahmed Khatami spoke during Muslim Friday prayers at Tehran University. His comments were broadcast nationwide. Iran's ruling clerics have widened a clampdown following two weeks of unrest over a disputed presidential election.
Authorities declared hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner but opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi insists he was
cheated of out victory by massive fraud. Khatami said the government should punish the leaders of the protests "strongly and with cruelty.
"He also alleged that that an Iranian woman, Neda Agha Soltan, who has become an icon of the protests since her death a week ago, was killed by protesters.


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