November 4th is one of the Khomeiniist regime’s annual days for staging mass events. To mark the commemoration of when they raided and captured the former US embassy in 1979, an action that IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari admitted today was also pre-planned by the regime; they make sure to bring as many of their employees, paid muscle, and supporters as they can find into the streets of Tehran and other cities to scream and chant in front of the cameras. The regime wants the international media to see these crowds and assume that they represent the voices and thoughts of the Iranian people. They succeed, to an extent, as the international press repeated their line regarding the demonstrations today as being a show of national anger and unity against Trump.
As NBC News wrote it, “Thousands of Iranians rallied in Tehran on Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover…Anger and distrust of the United States is surging again following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers despite Tehran’s compliance with the agreement.” Al Jazeera, the state-owned media of the regime’s ally Qatar, mentioned that ‘the crowd is “bigger” and “angrier” during this year’s commemoration. “It has to do with the fact that the anniversary coincides with the deadline by the United States to reimpose sanctions that were lifted by the 2015 nuclear deal.”
However, what the media does not ask is, who are these demonstrators? They are not the workers who have been on strike across the country, nor the struggling poor people who are angry at the regime for its lack of concern to their livelihoods. The people on the streets for the regime are the regime’s own members – government office employees, police and Revolutionary Guards soldiers in plainclothes, Basij militia members, the entourages of the various mullahs, and religious seminary students.
The regime also compels university students and others to participate in their planned marches and rallies. A document published on social media revealed that schoolteachers and principals were threatened with legal punishment if they did not bring their students out for the demonstrations.
However, this year, some openly resisted by refusing to chant “death to America,” and substituting “death to Khamenei.”
Students have been forced to participate in 13 Aban(anniversary of attacking U.S. Embassy and its takeover).They have been asked to chant “death to America” but no one repeats and some in response chant “death to Khamenei.” pic.twitter.com/fI7RmH84Fg
— Raman Ghavami (@Raman_Ghavami) November 4, 2018
At universities in Esfahan and Karaj, students walked around, rather than walk on, the American and Israeli flags placed on the ground to be stomped on.
See how students in this Iranian university avoid treading on Israel’s and US flags… pic.twitter.com/X1VSQqKlBG
— Rastakhiz (@sedaye_iran) November 4, 2018
— Amad News Daily (@AmadNewsDaily) November 4, 2018
Even high school students who were forced to march decided to chant against Khamenei.
تظاهرات واقعی و خودجوش دانش آموزان اینست نه اجباری و فرمایشی ۱۳آبان،آیا اینها هم عوامل استکبار هستند
فردا اینگونه خفتشان کنید که دیگر دانش اموزان را مجبور نکنند.
— 👑چوایران نباشد تن من مباد… (@ahoora0mazda) November 4, 2018
Iranians also noted the hypocrisy of one of the Tehran rally’s keynote speakers, Ali Larijani, who screams “death to America,” despite the fact that his daughter Fatimeh currently lives in the US.
Ali Larijani today in parliament said Aban 13, the symbol of resistance to the United States, and then said death to America.
— ariana (@arianaisfree_) November 4, 2018
In an ironic twist, Etedaal, a regime-run news site attempted to explain the ironic error on a banner hung outside Shiraz’s city hall. The banner wrote “Dawn with America,” rather than “Down with America”. The error became quickly apparent to everyone and started to circulate around Twitter, leading regime supporters to offer exaggerated interpretations in order to explain away the embarrassing pun.
One such regime supporter, clearly embarrassed by the error went out of his way to explain, claiming that the word “Dawn” was probably used in a leftist lyrical way in that dawn – in the form of the Khomeiniist regime – has come and it’s time for the U.S. to go!
Among other flippant banners produced by the regime and the IRGC for the event was a banner in Tehran, showing Trump and Netanyahu in orange prisoner garb with dog collars and chains, kneeling at IRGC Commander Qassem Soleimani’s feet, while he prepares to execute them in ISIL style. The banner drew many of the regime’s novitiates and subordinate to smile for selfies with it.