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INU - The festival of Chahrshanbeh Suri, commonly known as the Fire Festival, began on Tuesday in Iran. Its roots lie in pre-Islamic ritual, and it precedes the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, which translates to “new day”.

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INU  - Iran is a predominately young country of more than 81 million people. It is believed that the majority of the people desire a more liberal lifestyle. Much of the population was born after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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INU - On Tuesday, a series of clashes between Iranian security forces and the Sufi religious sect known as Gonabadi dervishes resulted in several deaths and hundreds of arrests. To some extent, this development can be seen as an outgrowth of the much broader conflict between the Iranian regime and anti-government protesters, which came to a head in early January. According to Iranian opposition groups like the National Council of Resistance of Iran, relevant demonstrations have continued to the present day, albeit on a smaller scale than the mass uprising which was repressed by security forces after spreading to well over 100 Iranian cities.

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INU - Aseman Airlines passenger Flight EP3704 crashed into Dena Mountain near the city of Semirom in Isfahan Province on Sunday morning, February 18th. Everyone on board was killed — 66 passengers and crew. The plane was en route from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj.

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INU - In Mashhad, in 1992, religious authorities in charge of the shrine of the 8th Imam Reza decided they wanted to enlarge their compound. The destruction of an adjacent residential area of dilapidated homes and shacks called Mahalle Tollab was necessary, which resulted in a riot. This surprised authorities, who realized that they must weaken the protesters’ solidarity. They created factions by announcing, “The people whose houses were seized and destroyed demand to be distinguished from provocateurs and saboteurs.” The “provocateurs and saboteurs” were then identified and hanged, which acted as a message to everyone else. In less than two weeks, the protests dwindled away.

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INU - Cities across Iran once again experienced anti-government protests on the evening of February 1st. Clashes between young people and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were reported in at least 14 cities, in an echo of the nationwide protests that have shaken Iran since 28 December 2017.

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