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Iran president helicopter crash live updates: President Ebrahim Raisi dies – BBC News

The wide range of emotions and reactions that Iranians have displayed in the past 24 hours reflects the country’s deep-rooted political landscape, offering insight into the diverse views held by its 88 million-strong population.

When news of the helicopter crash first broke, the initial outpouring was of shock and disbelief.

As Iranian state media went through their usual playbook of reporting
limited and at times contradictory information, speculation ran rife among the public and across social media.

Did government officials know more than they were saying? If the President had died,
was it an inside job or yet another accident in the long
line of crashes that have come to define Iran’s ageing
fleet of aircrafts for decades?

As night fell and the
crash site was not found, a shift in public mood was tangible and thoughts turned to the harsh mountain conditions that any survivors would likely face.

Sunday evening’s speech by the leader of the regime – where he promised continuity regardless of what happened – was seen by many as the
tell-tale sign that the government knew more and were simply biding time until the morning.

This was the moment doubt gave way to certainty that Ebrahim Raisi – the deeply unpopular president with direct involvement
in mass executions of political prisoners in the late 80s – had exited the scene.

Floodgates of jubilation and cheer by Iranians who
oppose the Islamic Republic opened. There was, and continues to be, a tsunami of
jokes and sarcastic commentary on social media too.

Many celebrating the “good news” and posting pictures of
protesters killed by regime forces in Iran as a reminder of the legacy of the Raisi’s government.

Pictures show fireworks in several locations in Tehran
and on videos people are seen talking about the jubilant mood.

One poster on X wrote: “The mood is so joyful here, the regime may want to consider
announcing 3 days of military curfew instead of 3 days of mourning”.