Adding to his already outspoken criticism of the Iranian government’s behavior since the June election, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri today condemned the nation as a “military regime” that had lost its way from the intentions of the 1979 revolution.
Today’s criticism did not begin and end with the reformist Ayatollah, however. Highly influential filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad, an outspoken conservative with strong support among hardliners, issued an open letter castigating Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, demanding that the leader publicly apologize for ordering the crackdown against protesters.
The crackdown against the protesters and the subsequent reports of their mistreatment in prison have sparked outrage across the political spectrum of Iran, and left President Ahmadinejad with precious few allies. It seems that outrage is rubbing off on the system in general and Ayatollah Khamenei in particular.