So, apparently the government is Iran has made a new film about Neda Agha Sultan and their account of what actually happened to the most famous green martyr. The film is titled "Payan Nameh", loosley translated to "Dissertation".
Besides the disgusting face of Mohammadreza "the chief sandis drinker" Sharifinia on the poster, the film has been prepared using government funds, produced by Javad Shamghadri (the government's favourite movie man), and directed by a fellow called "Kolahdari".In order to guarantee attendance, the officials have devised a few creative measures. Giving away 5 gold quins (at 500,000 Tumans each, it's very generous, and very difficult to resist) to 5 lucky winners in a draw after each showing of the film. The cars used in the movie are also given to the attendants in a similar manner. The officials expect them that this giveaway bonanza will also make sure the movie enters the Guinness Book of Records, which will give everlasting publicity to it.Some may become disgusted by these propagandist measures. Some would even cry an out loud "Foul". I am among those people too!
However, I need to applaud these people for their intelligence. Time and again, this regime has showed it's master knowledge of Iranian Psyche. Give away free stuff (something as cheap as a 200 tomans Sandis) and there will be ALOT of people attending. Nonetheless, aren't we the same nation that would fight for a free "gheimeh" in Ashoura? Regardless of believing in the event or not? We are the same people that queue for endless hours in front of the Banks for our $40 a month subsidies! We have no principles when there is a slight possibility that we might benefit from something.
They know Iranians will show up for anything, regardless of it's unethical nature, as long as there is free stuff handed out. It's a tried and tested tactic, and it has worked wonders every time!May be it's time for opposition to try these successful tactics!
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