UPDATED 1:20 PM PT — Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Iran’s Ayatollah regime is giving away free meals to convince people to attend funeral events for late General Qasem Soleimani. According to Iranian state media Tuesday, regime officials prepared 40,000 portions of warm food for attendees of Soleimani’s funeral ceremonies.
Iranian dissidents say the regime is working to draw tens of thousands of people to convince the world Soleimani was a popular leader in Iran. This effort led to dangerous overcrowding at his funeral ceremony in the city of Kerman Tuesday.
At least 32 people died and 190 others were injured in the stampede.
“We can’t really say how may people really loved him. Don’t forget, in the past few days, the government shut down the schools, universities, theentire country is shut down. So if I’m a student, I remember when I was in Iran, if there was any ceremony my teacher would come say ‘all of you tomorrow will come, cross your name.” –Jiyar Gol, political observer
— ShamshadNews (@Shamshadnetwork) January 7, 2020
Many Iranians on social media are comparing the commemorations for Soleimani to the funerals of leaders of the Third Reich and Soviet Union.