Iran Helicopter Crash: Preparations complete for burial of President, Foreign Minister and others

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President Raisi will be buried at the Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad. Processions were held in most parts of Iran after Raisi died in the accident. The country's foreign minister and six other people were also killed in the accident.

Dubai. Iran on Thursday completed preparations to bury late President Ibrahim Raisi at the most famous site of Shia Muslims in the country. Raisi died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. President Raisi will be buried at the Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad. Processions were taken out in most parts of Iran after Raisi was killed in the accident. The country's foreign minister and six others were also killed in the accident. However, his funeral did not attract as many people as the funeral procession after Revolutionary Guard General Qassim Soleimani was killed in a US drone attack in Baghdad in 2020. People's feelings about Raisi could be a possible sign behind this.

The Raisi government had taken a tough stand during protests over the death of Mahsa Amini in 2022, which angered people. Amini was reportedly detained for not wearing the hijab, which is mandatory for Iranian women. That action, as well as Iran's struggling economy, were not mentioned in the coverage by state television and newspapers. Not only this, Raisi's involvement in the mass murder of about five thousand dissidents at the end of the Iran-Iraq war was also never discussed.

Authorities have warned people against using any public signs to express joy over Raisi's death and heavy security has been deployed in Tehran since the accident. Thousands of people dressed in black lined the main street of Raisi's hometown Birjand city in Iran's South Khorasan province bordering Afghanistan on Thursday morning. His coffin was carried in a vehicle on the road and mourners were stepping forward to touch the coffin and pay their respects. Raisi will later be buried at the Imam Reza shrine, where the eighth Shia Imam was buried. The area has long been a pilgrimage site for Shia Muslims.

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