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‘No mercy’: Iranian president warns anti-government protesters against continuing

origin 1Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks at the funeral of 400 men who died in the 1980s Iran-Iraq war ©Vahid Salemi/Copyright 2022 The AP

There will be “no mercy” for those who show hostility to the Islamic Republic, according to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi as anti-government protests exceed 100 days.

Speaking at state-sponsored memorials for 400 soldiers killed in the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, the president lashed out at the United States and its allies, accusing them of fomenting anti-government protests that have been going on for more than three months.

Iran has been rocked by unrest after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman who died after being arrested by the country’s morality police.

The protests quickly turned into calls for the overthrow of Iran’s theocracy, established after the 1979 Islamic revolution. It marked one of the biggest challenges to Iranian clerical rule in more than four decades.

At least 507 protesters have been killed and more than 18,500 people have been arrested, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group that has been closely monitoring the unrest. Iranian authorities have not released figures for those killed or arrested.

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