Iran ex-president Khatami voices support for protests

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Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami has voiced support for the protest movement sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death, describing as “beautiful” its main slogan – “Woman, life, freedom”. Protests have swept Iran for nearly three months since Amini died after her arrest for an alleged breach of the country’s hijab dress code for women based on Islamic sharia law. The authorities, who have struggled to contain the protests, describe them as “riots” fomented by Iran’s arch foe the United States and its allies including Britain and Israel. Khatami, a reformist who served as Iran’s president from 19…

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