Iran Human RightsIranian cleric: More opposition should be executed

Iranian cleric: More opposition should be executed

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ImageAP: A senior hard-line Iranian cleric has called for more activists to be executed to silence anti-government protests, a day after two men were hanged. The Associated Press

ImageTEHRAN, Iran (AP) – A senior hard-line Iranian cleric has called for more activists to be executed to silence anti-government protests, a day after two men were hanged.

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati says in a Friday prayer sermon that the clerical leadership's opponents must be killed "for the sake of God" and that Islam permits rulers to execute "hypocrites."

He also praises the hanging on Thursday of two men who were accused of belonging to armed groups aiming to topple the ruling system.

Nine other people arrested in the heavy crackdown against opposition protests have been sentenced to death, according to officials. Massive protests erupted after disputed presidential elections on June 12, and hundreds have been arrested.

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