Iran leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sobbed Monday as he prayed beside the coffin of terror leader Qasem Soleimani who was eliminated in a U.S. airstrike, as Soleimani’s daughter promised a “dark day” for the United States lay ahead.
Weeping amid wails from a crowd of hundreds of thousands of mourners, Iran's supreme leader prayed over the remains of a top Iranian general killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad - an attack that's drastically raised tensions between Tehran and Washington.
The size of funeral crowds in authoritarian regimes is not an indication of popular support. In fact, the opposite is true. All those dictatorships are just trying to overcompensate for their lack of legitimacy. Let’s call it Legitimacy Envy. Soleimani’s funeral is no different. https://t.co/Abk6vmt6HQ pic.twitter.com/amyaTa5H63— Len Khodorkovsky (@MessageFromLen) January 6, 2020
#Iran's dictator @khamenei_ir weeping at Soleimani's funeral.— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) January 6, 2020
I haven't been so happy in a very long time!
As an Iranian, I say thank you to U.S. President Donald Trump & all those involved in killing this ruthless terrorist. pic.twitter.com/VUln5w7g3j
“The media in the Islamic Republic is heavily controlled. Public gatherings are allowed only if they are pro-regime. Critics are jailed or shot...So it’s not hard to use all the tools and resources of the state to stage a funeral procession.” https://t.co/EMsYnCNlLj— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 6, 2020
My piece in @washingtonpost about millions of Iranians not mourning the demise of #QassemSoleimani. For many he was a warmonger & terrorist.— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) January 6, 2020
Some Iranians compared the funeral services for Soleimani to those held for the Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich...https://t.co/68JYTdH4DQ
Where's the Democrats outrage?— Red Nation Rising (@RedNationRising) January 6, 2020
Children at school are forced to line up, cry (or pretend to cry), and mourn Soleimani’s death
This is how the Islamic Republic of Iran's regime gets large crowds for the funeral - you show up or your children will sufferpic.twitter.com/1kfxUaRijH
Members of the 290-seat Iranian parliament unanimously chanted 'Death to America' on Sunday while standing up in the middle of chamber to protest against the US killing of Iranian top general Qassim Soleimani.