Iran’s influential parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Tuesday that authorities should mete out “the harshest punishment” to protesters who disrupted Ashura observances.

Addressing lawmakers, Larijani said the protesters had insulted Imam Hussein, whose death is commemorated during the religious observance.

He urged officials to “arrest offenders of the religion and mete out harshest punishments to such anti-revolutionary figures with no mercy.” CNN

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