New Year Festival & Protest

For years the Islamic regime in Iran has attempted to ban the Iranian ancient and pre-Islamic Spring festivals of the New Year and they have been unsuccessful. Every year on the Wednesday before the beginning of Spring, Iranians will come into the streets, start bonfires, and jump over them, singing ancient songs to celebrate the beginning of a new life.

I remember the time when I was a child and we’d go in the streets to celebrate. The revolutionary guards and Basij made it very difficult for us. Grabbing people away. Shooting in the air to calm down the crowd. Just trying to make sure we didn’t have too much fun. But you’d always find a street where young men and women had turned up music and were dancing to Persian songs.

This year is no different, except that is has also been marked as a day of anti-regime protests by the reformers. BBC Persian reports that anti-regime slogans are heard throughout the city during the celebrations today. People are burning the pictures of the leaders of the Iranian regime. The regime has given a warning that protests today will be dealt with harshly.

As usual news isn’t getting out of Iran easily but from what we can see it seems though that the celebrations this year have taken an anti-regime route:

This video is claimed to be of today and shows the motorcycle of a Basij on fire:

Clashes with the revolutionary guards in side streets:

Islamic regime has banned music in Iran for over 30 years but you can’t really make Iranians not dance. We love to dance. :)

Here they seem to be quite a large crowd shouting “Dictator have some shame, leave our country alone.”

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