In Tehran, the ritual is becoming as familiar as the “Death to America” chants at Friday prayers.
It’s the yearly rush to enter a lottery for the chance to immigrate to the United States.
“I want to experience a new life in the U.S. Why not?” said Milad Nazari, a spiky-haired 29-year-old working at a sleepy florist in downtown Tehran.
“‘Death to America’? I don’t care. The U.S. is the most powerful country … so why shouldn’t I take my chance in the lottery?”
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