Implications of Reopening Iran's Religious Sites During the Coronavirus Outbreak



Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani instructed Health Minister Saeed Namaki to provide guidelines for reopening religious centers and holy shrines.
Rouhani’s argument to reopen businesses: “If the people stay home, they will die from hunger."
What argument does he have to justify the reopening of religious sites?
Mosques and religious centers have always served as a lucrative source of business and revenue for the mullahs.
Foundations such as Astan-e Quds are the largest source of income for the mullahs and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
The "Ramadan" and "Moharam" bazaars are important and the mullahs cannot forgo such massive sources of income.
Friday's prayers are of political and social importance for the mullahs.
It is mainly through these events that the regime promotes its policies and provides guidelines to its forces.
Khamenei and Rouhani have placed the economic/security interests of their regime above people's lives.
Khamenei - April 9: Production must resume whatever the price which means he will use the crisis as a tool against the collapse of his regime
Khamenei downplayed the COVID-19 crisis: "In comparison to other issues, this is quite insignificant."
Khamenei's main issue is the security of his regime. Reopening mosques plays an important role in this regard.

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