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Iran’s President responds to Biden’s words about “releasing” the country

Iran’s President responds to Biden’s words about “releasing” the country

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi responded to Joe Biden’s words about the “release” of Iran and to his predictions of success for protesters in the country. “I assure President Biden that Iran became free 43 years ago,” he said on Friday during the anniversary celebration of the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran by demonstrators.

In Iran on Friday, the 43rd anniversary of the takeover of the American embassy in Tehran by Iranian students after the then president USA Jimmy Carter agreed to the treatment in the country of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was deposed earlier in 1979. The hostages were released 444 days after Carter was replaced as head of state by Ronald Reagan.

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The regime mobilizes its staunchest supporters

Iranian state television stations broadcast on Friday recordings of demonstrations organized in the country, during which, among others, Pass-through drone models Russia for attacks against w Ukraine. Among the slogans there were also calls for “Death to America and Israel“and assurances of the obedience to Iran’s Supreme Political-Religious Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

According to Reuters, Tehran is thus trying to mobilize a base of its most die-hard supporters to counter the weeks-long protests at the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

Protests in Iran

Iran has been engulfed in protests since September 16. On September 13, Mahsa Amini was detained by the moral police over her headdress, which, according to the officers, did not cover her hair sufficiently. Three days after her detention, the woman died under unclear circumstances. Her family claims that officers beat her on the head with a truncheon and hit one of their vehicles with it. Police denied this version of the events, arguing that the woman had suffered “sudden heart failure”.

The first protests took place in northwestern Iran, where Amini lived, but quickly spread across the country. Citizens of many cities in Europe and North America are also protesting.

The Iranian authorities are using a broad repressive apparatus to suppress demonstrations. The HRANA news agency reported on Saturday that 283 protesters, including 44 minors, had been killed in the riots. About 34 officers of the security forces were also killed there.

Nilufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, Iranian journalists who dealt with the case of Mahsa Amini, they have been arrested and charged with espionage by the authorities – informed the independent American organization, the Journalists’ Defense Committee. If journalists are formally accused of espionage and convicted, they face the death penalty.

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