Wednesday, 16 March 2016
National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement on the fire festival ceremony that was held throughout Iran yesterday. The statement said:
Slogan of “Death to Khamenei; death to the principal of velayat-e faqih”; setting Khamenei's picture ablaze
On Tuesday, March 15, Iranian people held the Fire Festival ceremony in various cities face to face with the Iranian regime; thereby symbolizing their loath for this suppressive and anti-Iranian regime.
On Tuesday morning, in an absurd fatwa regarding the Fire Festival, Khamenei stated: “Fire Festival has no basis in the Sharia and is best avoided.”
Mullah Nasser Makarem Shirazi from Khamenei's faction said that “ignorant people have brought superstitious rituals such as the Fire Festival into their lives, but it should be avoided. People who throw noisy firecrackers to the streets should know that they will be held answerable on the Day of Judgment”.
State Security Forces (SSF) commanders in various cities also resorted to threatening people. Issa Daraei, SSF commander of Khuzestan said: “To bring security to the last Wednesday [Tuesday] of the year, the provincial security forces are on full alert.” He acknowledged that on the election day, 25000 security forces and revolutionary guards had been employed to secure ‘security’ in the province. Despite all the threats and fearful statements by regime’s officials, the people of Tehran, Tabriz, Qazvin, Ahvaz, Urmia, Sanandaj, Kermanshah, etc. largely held the Fire Festival.
In Tehran, courageous youth wrote “Death to the principal of velayat-e faqih” on Khomeini’s picture at Vali Asr Square to welcome the Fire Festival and there was a clash between the people and the anti-riot forces there where the youth set one garbage bin on fire.
Special Guard units are stationed in various parts of the city, including Rezais (Hafte Tir) Square and Vanak and Tajrish, who prevent people’s commute. Most of the garbage bins had been removed from the streets by regime’s officials in fear that they would be set on fire by the youth.
The people of Tabriz and the youth in this city commemorated the Fire Festival by putting up flyers on the walls that read: “Death to the principal of velayat-e faqih”, “Year 95 [New Persian year of 1395] is the year of overthrow of regime”.
In the city of Yazd, the youth set the picture of Khamenei, the leader of the velayat-e faqih regime, on fire.
In Qazvin, around 20 security forces were stationed in each street, but the youth ignored their massive presence and exploded handmade sonic grenades and firecrackers amongst them.