How The Regime In Iran Celebrates The New Year

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on March 27, 2010

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Since March 20th, Iranians have been busy celebrating Noruz. And since the advent of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the regime has been busy trying–by hook or by crook–to dampen the celebrations. Behold the latest effort:

Six people arrested in December protests will be put to death, Iranian authorities announced Monday, in what appeared to be strong warning to the opposition ahead of a traditional annual celebration.

The tradition, the Feast of Fire, goes back thousands of years to Zoroastrian times and has been banned in Iran in recent decades because of its non-Islamic roots. The opposition had called for its celebration this year as a sign of protest.

The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a decree saying the feast “has no religious basis and is harmful and must be avoided,” the government Web site reported.

Executions based on legitimate exercises of the right of political dissent are also without religious basis, but that doesn’t stop the regime from engaging in them. Just when one thinks that the regime has run out of ways to oppress Iranians, and to rip Iranian traditions to shreds, it goes ahead and surprises everyone.

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