Production at Iran plant making US flags picks up pace

The company Diba Parcham Khomein serves as a major producer for the American and Israeli flags often burned at pro-government rallies in the country.

Production at Iran plant making US flags picks up pace
In the factory in the suburban village of Heshmatieh, staffers first dye the blue canton containing the 50 white stars of the American flag on linen before dyeing its seven red stripes. (AP)

Near the hometown of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, workers at a small Iranian factory diligently add all 50 stars and 13 red-and-white bars to what are supposed to be US flags and carefully imprint the blue Star of David on Israeli ones.

That's even as all their work is destined to go up in flames.

US and Israel Flags ProductionIn this February 8, 2020 photo, workers hang US flags and Israeli flags with a slogan in Persian that reads "death to Israel" at a factory in a suburb of Khomein city in central Iran. (AP)

The company, Diba Parcham Khomein, serves as a major producer for the American and Israeli flags constantly burned at pro-government rallies in the Islamic republic. 

Such flag-burnings are a sign of support for Iran's embattled clerical rulers and a throwback to the iconic images of the 1979 Iran Revolution that branded the US Iran's greatest foe and the “Great Satan”.

In this February 8, 2020 photo, workers use a silk screen to print Iranian flags at the Diba Parcham Khomein factory in Heshmatieh village, a suburb of Khomein city in central Iran.In this February 8, 2020 photo, workers use a silk screen to print Iranian flags at the Diba Parcham Khomein factory in Heshmatieh village, a suburb of Khomein city in central Iran. (AP)

Another batch of flags is being prepared for the 41st anniversary of the Iranian revolution on Tuesday. 

The celebrations will take on special symbolic importance amid renewed tensions with Washington after a US drone strike in Baghdad killed Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani, last month.

US and Israel FlagsIn this February 8, 2020 photo, workers fold U.S. flags and Israeli flags with a slogan in Persian which reads, "Death to Israel" at the Diba Parcham Khomein factory in Heshmatieh village, a suburb of Khomein city, in central Iran. (AP)

Yet the factory's owner, like many middle-class Iranians, holds out hopes for better relations between Tehran and the US.

“I hope there is a day that the flags we produce are presented as a gift," said factory owner Abolfazl Khanjani.

That day, however, has yet to come to Khomein, a city best known as the birthplace of the Islamic republic's founder.

News Source:- AP