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Iran: Youth Rise up on Fire-Fest, Torch Khamenei’s Effigies Despite Suppressive Forces’ State of Alert

Iran: Chaharshanbe Suri - Festival of Fire
Iran: Chaharshanbe Suri – Festival of Fire

Tehran State Security Force Commander: Police on full alert in four garrisons with 1,450 motorized and 400 foot patrols

Subsequent to the call on Iranians by the Social Headquarters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMI/MEK) to turn the last Tuesday of the current Iranian Year, Chaharshanbe Suri (Festival of Fire) into an occasion to protest against the clerical regime, defiant youth and MEK supporters torched pictures and effigies of Khamenei and the eliminated Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani in Tehran and other Iranian cities.

These acts of protests were undertaken despite the regime’s frenzied mobilization.

In addition, defiant youth wrote graffiti, blaming Khamenei and his regime for the spread of Coronavirus across the country. Some of their slogans were “Khamenei you are the virus,” “Theocracy’s virus causing people’s death,” “The theocracy has inflicted the people with Coronavirus,” “Murderer Khamenei we will prosecute you,” and “Death to Khamenei, hail to Rajavi.”

On Monday, March 16, the Greater Tehran’s State Security Force (SSF) commander Hossein Rahimi said: “Four garrisons, Fajr, Fat’h, Nasr and Ramazan have been set up and police forces are fully prepared in the form of 1,450 motorized and 400-foot patrols to deal with those disrupting people’s security. They will not show any leniency. We seriously warn against holding any gatherings anywhere.”

SSF spokesman spoke of the arrest of 630 people who had been handed over to judicial authorities. Isfahan’s SSF commander told State-run Mehr news agency, “There are always those who disrupt the social order, public security and safety. The police will seriously confront these people.”

Qazvin Prosecutor General said that he will deal with people who stage gatherings without leniency. East Azerbaijan Prosecutor added that he will not allow some individuals using the pretext of Chaharshanbe Suri to disrupt people’s security and tranquility… Any gathering, including Chaharshanbe Suri festivities, have been banned.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

March 17, 2020

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