by: Brent Smith
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There was a State Funeral yesterday. One in which CNN reported: “Tehran’s streets were packed with black-clad mourners Monday as a sea of people turned out to pay their respects to Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian general killed by a US drone strike in Baghdad last week.”
“The mourners clutched photographs of Soleimani,” added an apparently sympathetic CNN, “a revered and powerful figure who headed the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps elite Quds Force and led Iran’s overseas operations. Posters with his image, and a black backdrop, were plastered across the capital.”
And yes, CNN is correct. The streets of Tehran were completely clogged with people. How many were actual mourners is anyone’s guess.
In other words, how many “mourners” wanted to be elsewhere, but felt for their own safety and well-being, they had better show up and act the part of distraught supporters … or else.