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For Iran, a Grand Occasion to Bash the U.S.

Along the route there is entertainment, provided by state organizations. Because the entertainment needs to be Islamic, there were male clowns praising the Iranian flag (“the most beautiful flag in the world”), silver-painted men posing as living statutes and several male choirs, all dressed in gray suits and singing high-pitched a cappella songs in praise of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the revolution.

In front of a booth run by the tax ministry, not the most beloved institute in the Islamic republic, a lone Shiite cleric, Hojatolislam Ghassem Mohsen Shahroudi, had set up shop under an umbrella to answer questions from passers-by.

Mr. Mohsen Shahroudi, a midlevel cleric, said the revolution had brought Iran freedom and evolution. But he acknowledged that there were Iranians who do not like clerics. “Sometimes the taxis just drive past me,” he said, refusing to pick him up. A degree of discontent is “natural,” he offered. “Look at the inequality in America, look at the Yellow Vests in France, across the world everybody is unhappy. Iran is no different.”

Another cleric, Taghi Mollah Ahmad, passed by and chimed in. “Of course, some people are displeased, but they are unhappy with the government, not with the state and the Islamic republic,” he said. “If they were really upset they would come and make large demonstrations, but I’m not seeing that.”

Mr. Rouhani praised the crowd’s size as a victory for the system he represents, even though many in this city of 12 million stayed home, many out of sheer apathy. “The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran,” he said, “means the enemy will never reach its evil objectives.”

Source: NYT > World

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