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Thwarted Suicide Caught In Public View In Tehran

An Iranian man threatening to jump from a telephone pole in central Tehran was talked down by emergency services on July 8 as crowds gathered below and blocked traffic for three hours. In an apparent protest against the Iranian regime, the man wore a tunic printed with the words "Lies, suppression, and poverty." The incident has drawn attention to the high suicide rate in Iran, where several suicides intended as public protests have made news this year.