The toilet shown by an employee at the railway company
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The toilet shown by an employee at the railway company
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Last updated: March 4, 2013

Reporters called for inauguration of a toilet in Tehran

On Sunday morning, Iranian reporters were called by a fax to head down to Tehran Urban and Suburban Railway Company. When some of the reporters inquired about the subject of this urgent matter, they received a reply that it had to do with an interesting inauguration.

Around 11am, about 20 reporters and photographers appeared in front of the management office of the company, where they were served juice and cake. Clearly visible was a tabloid of an Iranian newspaper accusing managers of the company of building a Jacuzzi at the office – paid with state funds. There were also towels, slippers and a pink ribbon separating them from another room.

After a while, the head of public relations at the company cut the ribbon and guided confused reporters to a toilet and pointed to “the Jacuzzi” that government newspapers had referred to. Reporters got the irony of the inauguration, some angry, but others smiling and taking photos of the small toilet.

The report has not been broadcast on TV channels, perhaps because of recent conflicts between President Ahmadinejad and the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). It is, however, published on all state news agencies belonging to the rival wing of conservatives.

The “official inauguration” of a toilet in Tehran and increasing press wars show that Iranians are gearing up for election day, with increasing tensions sometimes demonstrated in the most absurd ways.

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