24 Dec 2009

Iranian security forces surround cleric's house

4:41 pm on 24 December 2009

Opposition websites in Iran say security forces have surrounded the house of a senior cleric who invited people to commemorate one of the country's most influential dissident figures, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died last Saturday.

The websites say clashes took place when the security forces prevented people from attending the ceremony in the city of Isfahan.

Observers say support for opposition protests seems to be spreading geographically and to older and more religiously conservative people.