Election posters

6 June 2005

These days in Tehran, walls are adopting new coverings and "banners of different sizes":http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/election84/ are gesticulating for attention, praising different candidates and appealing for more votes. Examining the banners if one can manage not to get bored can bring an insight view of the current situation in the society as the election mottos are perfectly manifesting what is not there in Iran.

"Fresh air and hope" is what Larijani is promising with his artificial simile. Ghalibaf is doing his best to be good looking, dressing as a pilot on the deck of an Iran airplane, his banners are many with the promise of good life to Iranians showing jubilant youngsters cheering for national soccer team in stadiums (His police force was the key opponent of expressing joy in public). Rafsanjani is also very active and his supporters are voraciously attaching his posters are around the city, with the face that people are indeed tired of and his invitation “Together, let’s all work”. Moeen promises that he will "Build the homeland again."

The common phrases in all of the posters are “people”, “Iranians” and “Youth” about whom government has no clue but are in the center of attention now out of the blue!

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