Iran buries Raisi in the holiest site for Shia Muslims

Iran buries Raisi in the holiest site for Shia Muslims

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Iran buried its late president on Thursday at the holiest site for Shiite Muslims in the Islamic Republic, a final show of respect for a protege of Iran’s supreme leader who died in the helicopter crash he was traveling in earlier this year. week.

The funeral of President Ebrahim Raisi at the Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad caps days of processions in much of Iran, which seek to reinforce the country’s theocracy following the incident in which he, the country’s foreign minister and six others died.

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Mashhad, about 470 miles east of the capital Tehran, many of them dressed in black and beating their chests and heads in mourning. —something common in Shia ceremonies. A vehicle carried his coffin down the street, and mourners came to touch it and throw scarves and other items to be blessed.

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