Raisi was buried in his hometown of Mashhad – Politics –


Tens of thousands at the funeral
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Wounded Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi has been buried in his hometown in northeastern Iran following his funeral. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Mashhad on Thursday to pay their last respects to Raisi. Men, women and children followed a truck carrying Raisi’s coffin down a wide road to Imam Reza Shrine, Iran’s most important Shia shrine and Raisi’s final resting place.

Funerals in Iran have seen traditional white flowers and portraits of the president held by mourners. Photographs of Raisi, black flags and Shiite symbols were hung along the road and around the Imam Reza Shrine. Mourners for the head of state, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, had earlier marched through the streets of the eastern city of Birdjant.

Since Tuesday, tens of thousands of supporters have paid their last respects to the ultra-conservative politician in the cities of Tabriz and Qom. Spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prayed over Raisi’s coffin at an official memorial service in the capital Tehran on Wednesday.

Wednesday was declared a holiday for funerals. Residents of Tehran received messages on their cell phones asking them to attend the funeral of “martyr” Raisi.

According to the official IRNA news agency, representatives of 60 countries attended the official ceremony, including Tunisian President Qais Said and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Ismail Haniyeh, the political leader of the radical Islamist Palestinian organization Hamas, and Naim Qassem, the No. 2 of Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, attended the funeral in Tehran. EU countries, including Austria, are not represented.

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Raisi is the president of Iran from 2021. He was en route to the city of Tabriz in northwest Iran on Sunday when he crashed the helicopter in mountainous terrain in bad weather. The eight people on board the plane included Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian, Raisi’s head of security and an imam. The government declared five days of national mourning.

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