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Tuesday night, March 18, is the national Fire festival that every year turns into an uprising against the Iranian regime concerning which the Chief of Tehran Police said in a television interview: “We have discovered several million firecrackers that are now in the police warehouses. Moreover, the patrols of the security forces will be active in the form of foot patrols and motorcycle and vehicle patrols.”

Chaharshanbeh Souri

also called the fire festival, is an Iranian festival held the Tuesday night before the last Wednesday of the year. “Chaharshanbeh Souri” is formed the two words of Chaharshanbeh, or Wednesday, and Souri, meaning “red” and alluding to the redness of fire. This festival is a prelude to Nowruz that itself promises the spring and the novelty of nature (Nowruz, or the “New Day”, is the first day of spring and the Persian New Year).

Iranian regime security forces arrived in the village of Govaz, a suburb of of Marivan in northern Kurdistan province, to remove and destroy satellite dishes owned by residents On March 1st, 2014. The security forces had neither a court order nor did they inform the residents of their intention beforehand. They raided homes and began to remove the dishes and break them into parts.

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.

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.

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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