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Rafsanjani's funeral turned into show of dissent over Russia

Former Iranian president funeral
The funeral of Iran’s former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has turned into a rare display of public dissent over Russia's situation towards exiting Iranian militias from Syria. 

At least 2 million people packed the streets of Tehran on Tuesday to pay tribute to a man whose death has shaken Iran’s political balance.

Iranian mourners who participated in the funeral have chanted "Death to Russia" in front of the Russian Embassy in Tehran to express their anger over Russian's attitude.

The Iranian TV blocked the live transmission of the funeral when mourners started to chant "anti-Russia" slogans.

In what was thought to be the biggest crowd honouring a politician since the death in 1989 of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iranians from across the political spectrum attended the funeral.

A video taken from the funeral that was posted on social networks showed a group of mourners saying “death to Russia”, in unusually strident criticism of the state’s staunch ally. “The Russian embassy is a den of spies,” shouted another group.

Rafsanjani, who died due to heart complications, was Iran’s greatest political survivor and a leading force in its politics. He died at the age of 82 after heart attack.

He has been a founding member of the Iranian revolution, a former de-facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq war, and a two-time president seen as the country’s second-most powerful political figure for much of the Islamic republic’s history.

But during his later years, his political allegiances shifted towards the reformists. In 2009, he sided with the Green movement and urged the state to release political prisoners and compensate their families.

Herein the video of the angry protesters

Last Modified: Tuesday، 10 January 2017 08:35 PM