‘No mercy’ for ‘hostile’ protest movement: Raisi

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President Ebrahim Raisi said Tuesday Iran would show “no mercy” toward “hostile” opponents of the Islamic republic, gripped by more than 100 days of protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death.

The “riots,” as Tehran generally refers to them, were triggered by the September 16 death in custody of Iranian-Kurdish Amini, 22, after her arrest for an alleged breach of the strict dress code for women.

Addressing a gathering in Tehran, Raisi accused “hypocrites, monarchists and all anti-revolutionary currents.”

“The embrace of the nation is open to all those who were lured,” said the ultraconservative president at a funeral procession for unidentified soldiers who perished during its eight-year war in the 1980s with neighbouring Iraq.

“The embrace of the nation is open to everyone, but we will show no mercy to those who are hostile.”—AFP