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According to reports from inside Iran on Monday, March 3rd, hundreds of university students in Orumieh (northwest of Iran) gathered in front of the main building of Orumieh University and protested against the death of Sheida Hatami, a Kurdish student at the university. The students chanted slogans against the security and university officials and demanded the perpetrators of this incident be prosecuted.

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NCRI - A group of Iranians living in Brussels gathered outside the European Union Headquarters protesting the visit by EU's High Representative Catherine Ashton to Tehran.

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According to an earlier announcement, Gonabadi Dervishes that held protests in front of the Prosecutor's Office in Tehran (Galobandak Crossroad), supporting 10 Gonabadi Dervish prisoners currently on a hunger strike, were suppressed by Special Forces and plainclothes security officers. Tehran's forces of zones 11 and 12 are strictly controlling and preventing the Dervishes' protest in front of the courthouse. 

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At dusk on Tuesday, March 18th, the historical Fire Festival, with origins dating back to 1700 BC, is held in Iran. This festival has been banned since the onset of the clerical regime, considered against regime’s interests. Every year as this national ceremony approaches, security forces are placed on alert and the regime publishes daily reports firecracker confiscations and arrested youth.

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The Iranian regime has begun a crackdown ahead of the traditional Iranian fire festival which precedes Iranian New Year. The regimes security forces have undertaken a series of moves to discourage celebrations, and have attempted to confiscate firecrackers and other materials which they deem to be "dangerous".

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NCRI- In the latest series of statements by the Iranian regime officials and clerics criticizing the annual fire festival, another senior cleric on Friday defined the fire festival as "Bad tradition."

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