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Iranian regime beefing up security ahead of Persian Festival of Fire to subvert political uprising
The Iranian New Year is coming, and with it, the Festival of Fire, celebrated to introduce spring. For the Iranian regime, however, this festival brings a chance of uprising, one that the regime does not want to have to deal with. They are instituting security measures to prevent any potential protests.

Seyyed Naser Atabati, the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of the province of Ardebil who addressed a meeting on risk assessment for Chaharshanbeh Suri with security officials, said, "If there is any trace of disturbing public order, there will be no negligence on the part of judiciary, and we will act accordingly to arrest and prosecute those who cause it."

He also announced that the Basij forces will be mobilized and will patrol the neighborhoods on this day.

The chief of State Security Forces in Tehran, IRGC Brigadier Hossein Rahimi, said, "On the eve of Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 15:00 hours, officers will be on standby in full alert, enabling them to have the necessary control and management." He also warned that those who cause unrest during the festival will be arrested.

The PMOI/MEK within Iran have called for Iranians to protest as part of the festival. They are encouraging young people to stand up and voice their displeasure with the regime. Despite the regime's efforts to control the Iranian people and distract them with military conflicts throughout the region, the realities of a struggling economy have hit home for the Iranian people.

Despite the promises of the regime, the 2015 nuclear agreement has not brought economic benefits, except to the ruling class. As a result, the Iranian people struggle with inflation and high unemployment, while the ruling class enjoys the benefits of lifted sanctions.

Due to its fear of a potential uprising, security measures are being put in place, including a ban on selling fireworks and increased security patrols. The security patrols will include both security team members and individuals from the judiciary, with an attempt to bring justice swiftly to those deemed to be causing trouble.

While the Fire Festival is meant to symbolize kindness, friendship, and light, the Iranian people are living under a regime that shows none of these things. Individuals are randomly arrested, and then deal with the reality that torture and inhumane treatment will be part of their time in prison. It is no different for those who are going to be arrested during this festival.

The regime is also actively monitoring social media, in the hopes of catching any attempts to organize protests. Those who appear to be leading any type of revolt or protest will be quickly arrested. It is evident from their actions that the regime is scared of what a revolt by the Iranian people would mean for them and their ruling class.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) continues to support the protests of the Iranian people, arguing that the regime needs to be replaced and that it cannot be reformed from within. They point to current President Rouhani, who is billed as a moderate, yet the number of executions under his leadership has actually risen.

Human rights violations abound and it is clear that the regime is using any means of repression available to keep their control over the country. Calls by members of the international community for accountability by the regime for the 1988 massacre of political prisoners and the thousands of human rights violations continue. However, the international governments and the UN continue a course that gives the Iranian regime the power to continue to abuse the Iranian people. With this festival, the Iranian people have a chance to use their cultural voice to express their displeasure with the fundamentalist regime.

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