Stampede kills 56 at Soleimani funeral where many were forced to attend


At least 56 people died, and about another 192 were injured at the funeral for Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in his hometown of Kerman, Iran, the AP reported, based on reports from Iran TV.

It will undoubtedly be President Trump’s fault.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei openly wept Monday at Soleimani’s memorial service in Tehran.


It is reported that millions of people poured into the streets for the funeral procession of the terror general who was killed last Friday by a U.S. drone. He was targeted after he orchestrated an attack on a U.S. embassy in Baghdad and was planning other attacks to include kidnapping and executions of diplomats and military personnel.

The enormous crowds packed together caused panic. After the panic, hundreds of people were seen lying on the ground with emergency workers trying to revive the injured. Dozens of others have apparently been left for dead, The New York Times reported.

During the Tehran funeral, people in the streets reportedly chanted “Death to America,” with one poster reading: “It is our right to seek a harsh revenge.

These images are graphic:

Soleimani’s burial was delayed due to the tragedy. There are reports that the people were forced to attend the funeral or strongly encouraged. We don’t really know what goes on over there, but we do know their propaganda is eaten up by our leftist media.

MSNBC anchor Katy Tur was wowed by the crowds. Tur said the turnout was “a stunning show of solidarity” and added that it “seems President [Donald] Trump did what the Iranian government has been unable to do: unite the country.”


She should have added that a Washington Post op-ed on Monday by Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad advises Americans to not believe Iranian propaganda.

“Without doubt, Soleimani had support among hard-liners and regime loyalists. The regime is not taking any chances, though. In the city of Ahvaz, where large numbers of people turned out to mourn Soleimani, the government has forced students and officials to attend. It provided free transport and ordered shops to shut down. According to videos sent to me by people inside the country, the authorities are making little kids write essays praising the fallen commander. First-graders who didn’t know how to write were encouraged to cry for Soleimani,” she writes.

Alinejad also writes, “This past November, thousands of Iranians took to the streets across the country to protest against the regime, in the biggest challenge to the clerical rule in 40 years. According to Reuters, more than 1,500 people were killed by security forces, including units of Soleimani’s Revolutionary Guard, and at least 7,000 have been arrested. The Internet was shut down for five days. Tehran has yet to release official figures of its own, which suggests the death toll may have been even higher.”

Like I said, who knows.

Correction: We updated the article to show 56 people died, not 40.

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3 years ago

“… the government has forced students and officials to attend …”

There have been political protests against the oppresive Iranian government, many led by their university students. The protestors end up dead in the streets, or they’re arrested and tried in a kangaroo court that disregards human rights.

“… people in the streets reportedly chanted “Death to America …”

Pro-government Iranians have no knowledge of what life was like before the takeover of their country by an oppresive cult; they are brainwashed.

Tim Kuehl
Tim Kuehl
3 years ago

They were holding a funeral for a grease spot because that was all that was left of him.
Remember the joke going around in the fall of 1979? “What’s covered with sand and glows in the dark? Iran, after President Reagan is elected and takes office.” They backed down after President Reagan was inaugurated and didn’t rattle their cage much until Clinton when they were behind the bombing of the Trade Towers in 1993. Then came 9/11 but Bush took decisive action, not directly against Iran but they knew what would happen if they kept their BS up. Now, after 8 years of appeasement by their brother, Obama, they think they can still run roughshod over us. Despite iran being backed by the Democrat majority in the US House along with Senate Democrats, America again has a man and a patriot back in the White House and Iran will find out the hard way that won’t happen.

herbert r richmond
herbert r richmond
3 years ago

A murderous evil regime is being by our Leftist establishment to make Trump look like a villain.

3 years ago

Even in death this Ignominious Iranian savage is the instrument of death and injury to the people of Iran. And more will die should they attempt to take revenge. They’ve needed a cleansing for decades, So be it, … Sic Semper Tyrannis (Thus Always to Tyrants)