People took to the streets in Abadan, south-west Iran, over the collapse of a building last Monday that killed at least 31 people. The protesters shouted down Ayatollah Mohsen Heidari AleKasir, an emissary sent by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which led to clashes with riot police. The protest challenged the government’s response to the disaster as pressure rose in Iran over rising food prices and other economic problems amid the unravelling of its 2015 nuclear deal. Authorities acknowledged that the building’s owner and corrupt government officials had allowed construction to continue despite concerns over poor workmanship.
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