A state funeral held Tuesday for former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani — who passed away earlier this week — turned into a demonstration in support of Iran’s reformist movement.

Thousands of funeral attendees chanted slogans in support of reformist leaders Mohammad Khatami, a former president, and Mir-Hossein Mousavi, a former prime minister who is currently under house arrest.

The funeral began early Tuesday at Tehran University, where Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, led funeral prayers.

Rafsanjani, who served as president of Iran from 1977 to 1989, passed away Sunday due to a heart attack. He was 82 years old.

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