Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, one of the most senior religious figures, in his remarks for the Eid al-Adha while strongly condemning the violence used against the peaceful protests of the people in the events after the election by the Basij forces called the actions illegal and illegitimate and said that the idea of having Basij was to unite and mobilise everyone on the path to God not to the path of evil. Also by hinting on the remarks by the Supreme Leader that thanked Basij for what he called defeating the enemy in the events after election (!), Grand Ayatollah said: Some hit people so that they would be praised. Then he asked: Isnt it a misery that one goes to hell (in afterlife) for the wellbeing of others in this world?!
Grand Ayatollah by pointing out the teachings of Islam which considers hitting and attacking people a sin and also be reinstating the events that happened after the election and the brutal crackdown and the violence used against the protestors said: Those who committed these crimes (attacked and beat people) not only acted against the religion but also should pay the blood-money (for their crimes). This senior cleric by emphasising that anyone who has been attacked by the authorities and even suffered a scratch should be compensated for it, said: With what permission people were attacked? If anyone does not agree with then should be physically attacked?!