Iranian supreme leader prays for president, others killed in helicopter crash

Iranian supreme leader prays for president, others killed in helicopter crash

Iran’s supreme leader prayed Wednesday over the coffins of the country’s president, foreign minister and others killed in a helicopter crash this week. Tens of thousands of people later joined a funeral procession along the main avenue of the capital, Tehran.

The Iranian theocracy sees the mass marches as a crucial demonstration of its legitimacy and popular support.

Even so, The funeral of President Ebrahim Raisi and the other victims of the incident had a turnout that analysts described as smaller than the 2020 procession in memory of the Revolutionary Guard general Qassem Soleimanikilled by a US drone strike in Baghdad.

Many attendees said they had arrived in Tehran for the ceremony from other cities and towns in the Islamic Republic, an indication of opinion in the capital of Raisi, who won the presidency with a record low turnout and then led several campaigns of repression. against all dissent. That included the operation after the 2022 death of Mahsa Amini, which sparked street protests against the imposition of the hijab, a scarf that covers women’s hair.

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