MEK Iran: Qassem Soleimani’s Funeral Is Iran’s Propaganda Stunt


Qassem Soleimani, the head of Quds Force, was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad

The funeral of the Iranian regime’s chief terrorist on Monday showed the world not that Iran was united over the death of this high-ranking official but that the mullahs’ regime is very much isolated regionally and internationally.

Qassem Soleimani was killed on Friday in a US airstrike in Baghdad, alongside several other Iran-linked military commanders. The mullahs wanted to use the funeral of its second-most important official to show that other countries had solidarity with the regime, but no senior official from any other country attended, even when President Hassan Rouhani all but begged the leaders off neighboring countries over the phone.

When the president of Afghanistan did express sorrow for Soleimani’s death, following Rouhani’s call, it was condemned by other Afghan politicians who explained that Soleimani is responsible for the deaths of at least 5,500 Afghan youth sent to fight in Syria on behalf the Iranian regime.

The three European countries party to the Iran nuclear deal did not express sympathy either, with Germany, France, and the United Kingdom instead expressing concern over the regime’s destabilizing role in the region and continuing acts of terrorism committed by Soleimani’s Quds Force. This was interpreted as “hostility” towards the regime, by the state-run Keyhan daily, which is known as the mouthpiece of the Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

The Regime used its propaganda apparatus to portray the idea that the world was mourning Soleimani, but, in fact, people in different countries and inside Iran celebrated his death. Of course, because of the regime’s repressive forces, Iranians have to be more careful about expressing their joy, but they still had parties in their home and posted those videos online.

The regime, meanwhile, made up its funeral crowd by forcing students, military personnel, and government employees from across Iran to come to Tehran. Other people, among the 80% of Iranians living under the poverty line, were bribed with the promise of free food.

This is ironic, considering that the regime didn’t allow the families of the martyrs of the Iranian uprising to hold a funeral ceremony for their relatives because they feared more anti-regime protests.

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI): “Guarantee the security of the members and supporters of the Iranian resistance and allow them to hold a march in the streets of Tehran, and you will see how they will overwhelm your entire regime.”

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