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Iranian state-organized marchers call for execution of protesters

Clashes reported as death of Mahsa Amini engulfs nation in enraged voices

A pro-government woman holds up the Iranian flag during a Sept. 23 rally in Tehran against the recent protests.   © Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) -- State-organised demonstrations took place in several Iranian cities on Friday to counter nationwide anti-government unrest triggered by the death of a woman in police custody, with marchers calling for the execution of "rioters."

The pro-government rallies followed the strongest warning yet from authorities when the army said it would confront "the enemies" behind the unrest - a move that could signal the kind of crackdown that has crushed protests in the past.

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