June 19, 2009
TEHRAN, Iran – Residents of Tehran climbed to their roofs Friday night and shouted “God is Great!” in open defiance of Iran’s supreme leader.
The late-night cries of “Allahu Akbar!” and “Death to the dictator!” throughout Tehran were a direct challenge to the cleric who has ultimate authority under Iran’s constitution.
They came hours after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned opposition supporters to stop protesting the June 12 presidential election they believe was rigged in favor of hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. …
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, and others listen to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s address on Friday, June 19, 2009. Khamenei said Iran’s disputed presidential vote had not been rigged, sternly warning protesters to halt massive demonstrations or be held responsible for creating chaos. He sided with the hardline Ahmadinejad and offered no concessions to the opposition. He effectively closed any chance for a new vote, calling the June 12 election a “definitive victory.” (Photo credit: Iranian State television via AP)
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