Tehran, Iran, Mar. 14 - Furious people set on fire posters of hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during extensive demonstrations in the western city of Khorramabad as "fire" festivals across the country continued well into the night.
The following is a photo obtained by Iran Focus from activists inside Khorramabad.
During the traditional Persian fire festival, known as "chaharshanbeh souri" - literally, Feast of Wednesday - people jump over bonfires to "drive away evil". Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, however, Iran's theocratic leaders have made strenuous efforts to stamp out the festivities, but to no avail. In recent years, there have been extensive clashes between festive crowds and the security forces deployed to prevent street celebrations.
Tehran, Iran, Mar. 14 - Anti-government demonstrations erupted across the Iranian capital as well as in towns and cities across the country as young people used the annual Persian "fire festival" to ignite fireworks and set cars belonging to the State Security Forces (SSF) on fire, dissidents told Iran Focus.
In the south-western city of Ahwaz protestors constructed an effigy of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and set it on fire.
Similar anti-government demonstrations by young people celebreating the fire festival have been reported in Garmsar (south-east of Tehran) and Rafsanjan (southern) Iran.
These riots and demonstrations have occured each of the past several years. The ayatollahs have tried to snuff them out, but Iranian youth want the religious fanatics out of power and they won't be denied. Eventually, freedom will out.
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