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.
Fars news agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, March 3 – Discovery of 16,000 packets of firecrackers in the city of Karaj [near Tehran]: Seyyed Hossein Seyyed Haqiqi, commander of the security forces in Karaj Township, reported the discovery of 16,000 packets of firecrackers in this city and said: “the plan to confront the producers, distributers and sellers of illegal firecrackers in the Karaj Township is being implemented and the police shall severely deal with the transgressors.” He did not state the number of the arrestees.
Fars news agency, March 3 – Discovery of 6,750 firecrackers in Shahr-e Bahar [a small town west of Iran]: Commander of the security forces in Bahar Township reported the discovery of 6,750 firecrackers in this township and said: all the illegal items discovered, along with the culprit, have been transferred to the intelligence police of the township. The indictment was filed and the arrestee transferred to prison.