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Witnesses: Protests at funeral for Iranian cleric

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Witnesses say security forces are clamping down in Iran's holy city of Qom (KOHM), where massive crowds have turned out for the funeral of the country's most senior dissident cleric.

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri died yesterday at age 87. He had denounced as "despotic" the government crackdown on protests following the disputed June presidential election. Today, many of the mourners have been chanting protest slogans and "death to the dictator."

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