Iran prepares to celebrate the millennial festival of fireprior to persian new yearwith new tensions due to calls to protestswarnings from the authorities and the deployment of security forces.
The party of “Charshanbe Suri” has roots Zoroastrian and the Iranians celebrate it from today at dusk, jumping and dancing around bonfires to attract good fortune in the Persian New Year that begins on March 21.
This pre-Islamic holiday with 1,700 years old It usually gathers crowds and this year activists have called to take to the streets to continue the protests sparked by the death in September Mahsa Amini.
“Let’s go back to the streets, we will throw revolutionary anger into the fire”, called a group of young activists on social networks.
That call was echoed by various activist groups and comes as the protests sparked by Amini’s death have all but disappeared from the streets after a repression which has caused almost 500 dead and in which they have been four protesters hangedone of them in public.
Last night there were already some timid protests in several Iranian cities, after weeks of calm, according to videos shared by activists on social networks.
Given the announcement of new protests, the authorities have not hesitated to warn the public and announce the police deployment.
Thus, the police chief of the Tehran region, Abbas Ali Mohammadianannounced that from 3:00 p.m. local time this Tuesday agents will be deployed throughout the capital to deal with “those who disturb the peace.”
For its part, the Isfahan Provincial Prosecutor’s Office has warned that one year in jail and 74 lashes to those who demonstrate or protest, among other cases.
Amini’s death in police custody after being arrested for not wearing her headscarf sparked biggest protests in decades against the Islamic Republicled by young people shouting “woman, life, freedom”with a marked feminist tone.
The protests have disappeared, but many women continue their fight leaving their long hair in the air, in a gesture of disobedience to laws they consider unfair.
The President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisiaffirmed last week that the use of the Islamic veil is a legal obligation and a religious necessity for Iranian women to maintain a “chaste” life and guarantee the safety of society.
(With information from EFE)
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