Arch-concervative newspaper Keyhan wrote yesterday that two million people would attend. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps announced that it could have brought in five million people, but that housing issues precluded busing in so many.
Whatever the number of participants at the ceremony for the 21st anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini’s death held at his mausoleum on June 4, 2010 — and we can almost be certain that Keyhan’s figure of 2 million will be presented as fact in tomorrow’s newspapers — it wouldn’t be a proper regime-organized, yet somehow ‘spontaneous’ show of popular support, if there were no handouts for the masses, particularly the ever-popular Sundis fruit juice. The term Sundis-khor (Sundis drinker) has entered the Iranian political lexicon as a term for those who support the regime out of interest.
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