What does the Grand Ayatollah’s death mean for Iran’s opposition?

Thousands of Iranians are gathering in the holy city of Qom to mourn the death of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri .

Many of you have been getting in touch with the BBC to share your feelings on his death. This is from Mani in Esfahan, Iran.
His death makes dictators happy. He was against oppression. He fought for human rights for 30 years. His death is a great loss, not only for Iran’s Green Movement, but also for all reformists in the Persian Gulf region

The Grand Ayatollah openly questioned the results of Iran’s election earlier this year and warned security forces that they would have to answer to God for their actions against protestors.

Reformist websites Kaleme and Norooz are already reporting that some Iranians have been arrested on their way to the funeral. There’s talk of authorities playing down his religious influence and of increased censorship.

Will his death reignite the divide between the regime and the opposition Green Movement?

6 Responses to “What does the Grand Ayatollah’s death mean for Iran’s opposition?”

  1. December 21, 2009 at 11:18

    Grand Ayatollah means Grand spritual doctor treating spritual illness in lieu of physical illness.At 87 chance of suffering from dementia psychological disorder
    existed.At similar age like Ayotollah I am wondering for myself without education or achievement like Grand Ayatollah what can I do to improve my own position.At death believers aim to meet the God Almighty who gives soul eyes tongue speech while you are alive(on loan).All those who pray are better than those who criticise them.If you do not believe in life hereafter or Almighty God running the show of the heaven and earth then what are you? Opposition ?

  2. December 21, 2009 at 14:58

    Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri finally gained the prominence in death which was denied him in life.
    He will be remembered as a gentle soul, eclipsed by Ayatollah Behehshti and Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Sidelined, lonely, dismissed from the succession, Montazeri was a lonely figure but never gave up.
    Will this mean patriarchs will come down from their perch and face the grave consequence of opposing the world, oppressing the nation and spending our money? Either that or they will be thrown out!

  3. 3 t
    December 21, 2009 at 16:34

    It’s going to be harder from them to continue to fight for change. But also, it’s going to sad because the Western MSM will bybass this opportunity to learn more about Iranian society.

  4. 4 t
    December 21, 2009 at 23:38

    In a sense, it means that the perception in the West will be this is another reason why we can’t trust Iran.

    In Iran, an Ayatollah is a respected figure. When was the last time the Western MSM talked about that? I can’t recall.

  5. 5 Ibrahim in UK
    December 22, 2009 at 12:33

    I think Iran needed him now more than ever if the regime were to evolve peacefully to the next stage. Whether they like it or not, there is a significant movement of people who vocally and visibly oppose and defy the current regime and it’s stifling control. The current regime, of all regimes, should understand the consequences of these protests. If it does not start bending and relaxing the pressure, it could snap. From the descriptions, Grand Ayotallah Ali Montazeri could have helped provide the flexibility that the regime needs to survive.

  6. 6 vintner
    December 23, 2009 at 18:23

    A good life inspires goodness in others. If God would have meant for us to be indispensible He would have made us live forever. That standard borne by the Grand Ayatollah will be borne by others. I trust he now rests in peace.

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