Celebrating the 50th year of the Pahlavi dynasty

He also sought to hold the 1984 Summer Olympics in capital. For most ordinary Iranians, struggling with inflation, poverty, air pollution (cities in the 1970s were amongst the most polluted in the world), having to pay extortion payments to the police who demanded money from even those performing legal jobs such as selling fruits on the street, and daily traffic jams, the Shah’s sponsorship of international conferences were just a waste of money and time.