Iran: Despite threats of Hezbollah, Khomeini’s “rebel” nephew visited Gorgan

Source: Tasnim News Picture, Youtube, Iran Primer, Al Monitor


When the visit of Seyyed Hassan Khomeini to Gorgan was announced, the hardliners of Hezbollah have threaten to protest against his visit. Despite the threats, as the video shows, Hassan Khomeini was welcome as an hero by the local population.

But…who is Hassan Khomeini and why the hardliners of Hezbollah hate him? Seyyed Hassan Khomeini is one of the 15 grandchildren of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah. He is the son of Ahmad Khomeini, who died in 1995. Until now, inside the Islam Republic there are many rumors about the involvement of Iranian intelligence in the death of Hamad, in consideration of his critics against Ali Khamenei (today Iranian Supreme Leader). Quoting Iran Primer: “Hassan spent much of his childhood in the holy city of Qom in Iran and became a cleric in 1993. Hassan has spoken out against military interference in politics. He also criticized the disqualification of nearly 2,000 candidates from running for parliament in 2008. Hassan reportedly supported reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in 2009. Hassan went on a trip outside Iran before Ahmadinejad’s August 2009 inauguration ceremony. Conservative publications criticized Hassan’s move and interpreted his absence as opposition to the election results. In June 2010, Hassan spoke at a ceremony marking his grandfather’s death. But his speech was cut short by hardliners chanting “Death to Mousavi!” and shouting slogans in support of Iran’s current supreme leader. The incident may have been the first time a Khomeini family member had been insulted in a public venue. In a May 2013 letter, Hassan called former President Rafsanjani’s disqualification from running in the presidential election ‘unbelievable’. ” (Source – Iran Primer: Khomeini’s Rebel Grandchildren).



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