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Iran: Fire Festival Nationwide Campaign – Number 2

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NCRI logoMass uprising on the eve: Fire Festival against the clerical regime in various areas of Tehran; cities across the country, with chants of

“Death to the oppressor, be it the Shah or the leader”,

“Death to Khamenei.”

Despite the 100% being on alert of repressive forces, the arrest of youths, and constant threats made by the judicial authorities and the state security forces, people in Tehran and other cities of Iran continued to chant slogans against Khamenei, held large gatherings, and lit fires. The nationwide fire festival campaign on Wednesday turned into another uprising against the ruling mullahs.

In Tehran, people gathered in various areas such as Qeytarieh, Enghelab Square, Salat Abad, Geisha, Saadat Abad, Shariati township, Nazi Abad, Javadiyeh, Nezam Abad, Sablan, Afsarieh, Haft Hoz Narmak, Tayeb Street, Shahrak Naft, and Fallah 17 district since the beginning of dusk. Defiant youths threw sound grenades, blocked roads, and chanted slogans including “Death to the dictator,” “Death to Khamenei,” “Death to the child-killing government,” “This year is the year of sacrifice, Seyyed Ali (Khamenei) will be overthrown,” “Seyyed Ali (Khamenei) is ripped apart. Coming to the street is the solution”, “IRGC will heavily suffer this year, death to the regime in its entirety”, turning Fire Festival into a mass uprising against the regime. In Ekbatan, defiant youths burned Khamenei’s photo chanting “After of all these years of crime, death to mullahs’ rule (Velayat Faqih).” In many areas of Tehran, including Shariati township, brave youths threw sonic and incendiary grenades at the motorized repressive units.

In other cities, including Karaj, Rasht, Gorgan, Tabriz, Ardabil, Meshginshahr, Urmia, Zanjan, Neishabur, Sabzevar, Qom, Arak, Takestan, Mahallat, Abdanan, Sanandaj, Dehgolan, Mahabad, Saqqez, Divandarreh, Piranshahr, Sardasht, Kermanshah, Kerend, Javanrud, Dalahu, Marivan, Baneh, Oshnavieh, Kamyaran, Bukan, Naqadeh, Khorramabad, Dorud, Taft Yazd, Izeh, Ahvaz, Lali Khuzestan, Bushehr, Kerman, Rafsanjan and Zahedan, people have converged extensively in different areas of the city, and by lighting fires and throwing sound grenades and chanting anti-regime slogans, they staged their nationwide Fire Festival campaign.

The youth of Karaj and Sanandaj chanted “Death to the oppressor, be it the Shah or the leader.” In Javanrud, people targeted the governor’s office with incendiary materials, and in Rasht, they threw incendiary materials at the municipal building chanting “This is the year of sacrifice, Seyyed Ali (Khamenei) will be overthrown”. In Sanandaj youths in different areas of the city lit fires and chanted “Death to the dictator” and “Death to Khamenei”. In Kermanshah, youths threw sound grenades while chanting the slogan “Criminal mullahs, Fire is the only answer to you”. In Bushehr, youths on motorbikes encouraged others to come to the streets by throwing sound grenades. In Saqqez, brave youth barricaded and blocked the street to prevent the repressive forces from passing. In Bukan, repressive forces attacked the gathering of young people and fired tear gas and bullets at them. Khamenei’s brutal forces shot at a protesting motorcyclist in Saqqez and took his wounded body with them. In Abdanan, the youth engaged in hit-and-run fights with the repressive forces.

In fear of people’s gatherings and the activities of defiance, Khamenei had ordered the Revolutionary Guards, the Ministry of Intelligence, the state security forces, and all subordinate units to be on 100% alert from March 13 to 18. According to the announced plan, a 45,000-strong control force will be stationed in 250 vulnerable points of Tehran to prevent gatherings and protect sensitive places and government buildings and to “arrest organized rioters, main leaders, and slogan writers.” (Statement of the Security and Anti-Terrorism Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran – March 8).

The Mojahedin Social Headquarters inside Iran called for “a nationwide campaign of Fire Festival in connection with the uprising and the democratic revolution of the Iranian people” on February 24 and emphasized that “on this year’s Fire Festival, let’s lit fires in memory of the martyrs and welcome Nowruz and the new year to overthrow the turbaned Khamenei.” “The only answer of the mullahs is fire.”

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

March 14, 2022