Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi withdrew from a long-planned interview with CNN’s chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, after she declined a last-minute demand to put on a head scarf, the focus of main protests in the cleric-run state.
A non-governmental group mentioned that at least 31 Iranian civilians have been killed in the crackdown on the protests, in which ladies have been seen burning headscarves.
In posts shared on her social media handles on Thursday, Amanpour mentioned she was prepared for the interview on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly when Raisi’s aide insisted she cowl her hair.
The journalist nevertheless refused, insisting they’re in New York and never his nation.
She additionally posted a image of herself with out a scarf, sitting in entrance of an empty chair the place Raisi would have been.
Amanpour added that Raisi’s aide instructed her he was insisting on a scarf due to “the state of affairs in Iran.”
Her posts learn;
“Protests are sweeping Iran and ladies are burning their hijabs after the demise final week of Mahsa Amini, following her arrest by the ‘morality police’. Human rights teams say at least 8 have been killed. Final night time, I deliberate to ask President Raisi about all this and far more.
“This was going to be President Raisi’s first ever interview on US soil, throughout his go to to NY for UNGA. After weeks of planning and eight hours of establishing translation gear, lights and cameras, we have been prepared. However no signal of President Raisi… 40 minutes after the interview had been resulting from begin, an aide came to visit. The president, he mentioned, was suggesting I put on a scarf, as a result of it’s the holy months of Muharram and Safar.
“I politely declined. We’re in New York, the place there isn’t any regulation or custom relating to headscarves. I identified that no earlier Iranian president has required this when I’ve interviewed them outdoors Iran.
“The aide made it clear that the interview wouldn’t occur if I didn’t put on a scarf. He mentioned it was ‘a matter of respect,’ and referred to ‘the state of affairs in Iran’ – alluding to the protests sweeping the nation.