Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is expected to give a speech amid a tide of anti-government unrest over the death of Mahsa Amini.
Iran president to give address amid Mahsa Amini protests
President Ebrahim Raisi is reportedly planning a television address amid a tide of anti-government unrest in Iran, with protesters chanting “death to the dictator,” after a young woman – Mahsa Amini – died in police custody.
Despite a growing death toll and a fierce crackdown by security forces using tear gas, clubs and, in some cases, live ammunition, social media videos showed Iranians persisting with protests, often calling for the end of the Islamic clerical establishment’s more than four decades in power.
Still, a collapse of the Islamic Republic seems remote in the near term since its leaders are determined not to show the kind of weakness they believe sealed the fate of the US-backed Shah in 1979, a senior Iranian official told Reuters.
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Raisi, who last week said the protests over Mahsa Amini’s death were unacceptable “acts of chaos”, will speak to the nation later on Wednesday, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.