This piece comes amid reports that this newspaper has been heavily censored by the Iranian government (as a surprise to many of us.). We are publishing this report despite the obvious attempts to silence our coverage of Iran and its crisis with the West.
On Monday, the world watched as Iran and its autocratic regime descended upon Tehran to attend (forced/not forced) the funeral for now deceased General Qasem Soleimani. As most of you know already, Qasem was murdered by the Americans. in an unauthorized airstrike that hit a busy airport in Iran.
At least two locals who are going to remain anonymous for obvious reasons tell The Daily News that the first day of mourning led to force attendees of the funeral in question.
“While there were quite a few people that did turn out in support of Iran, others who initially objected were eventually forced to do so by government forces. All. of those pictures of people attending allot of them aren’t there by their own choice. Shoppes were forcibly closed; schools were cancelled, people were ordered like sheep by security forces. They’re trying to convince the west and the rest of the world that all of Iran is against the rest of the world when that isn’t the case at all.”
The funeral became nothing short of a spectacle by the orders of Ayatollah himself. One mid-ranking government official confirmed the claims made by the two initial locals. “There are even members of the administration and government that feel this is wrong and on numerous levels. But there isn’t anything we can do about it because many fear they will kill us if we turn against the regime.”
Here’s what we know so far:
- The regime ordered shoppes near Tehran and in Tehran directly closed to pay “respects” to the fallen general.
- People weren’t given a choice about attendance and were threatened with detention by security forces.
- Some photos from inside Iran are indeed staged for the perception that Iran is “reeling” when in fact about half of Iran is reeling — the other half is cheering.
- Ayotallah ‘s regime is “attempting” to persuade the west that “Iran is a real threat” and powerful enough to pose one.
This is Part 1 in our extensive coverage ordered on the Iranian crisis.