TEHRAN (Reuters) – Opposition leaders in Iran want to organize a ceremony to commemorate pro-reformers killed since the disputed presidential election, a news agency reported on Sunday.
Moderate defeated candidates Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi said no speech would be given during the gathering, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.
“We want a permit to be issued for the memorial ceremony to commemorate the 40th day passing of our beloved ones,” they said in a letter addressed to the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of issuing permits for gatherings.
Shi’ite Muslims commemorate the death of loved ones on three different occasions, including the 40th day since their death.
No date was mentioned in the letter. The opposition leaders want to hold the ceremony at Tehran’s “Grand Mosala,” a prayer location where tens of thousands can gather, the letter said.