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CNN’s Amanpour says Raisi scrapped interview after she refused to wear headscarf

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CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour on Thursday said an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi fell through over his demand she don a headscarf, amid deadly protests in Iran after a young woman died while under arrest for allegedly wearing a hijab in a manner that violated the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code.

Iran’s ongoing unrest, the worst in several years, began as an emotional outpouring over the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman held by the country’s morality police for allegedly violating its strictly enforced dress code. Her death, and the ensuing crackdown on protesters, has sparked sharp condemnation from the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.

Amanpour said she planned to confront Raisi, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, about the protests roiling Iran during a scheduled interview Wednesday, which would have been his first US-based interview.

However, according to Amanpour, Raisi did not appear when the interview was due to start and an aide told her the president refused to take part unless she wore a headscarf, given the “situation in Iran.”

“I couldn’t agree to this unprecedented and........

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