Iran Probe Staff
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Mojahedin (PMOI) supporters in Iran installed their leaders' pictures in public places during the National Fire Festival. They set on fire Ali Khamenei's images. Two of the PMOI supporters, in an interview with Fox News, promised a new wave of social volcanoes for freedom in the new Iranian year.
The Fire Festival (which called Chaharshanbeh Suri) is a Festival that Iranian people hold on the eve of the last Wednesday of the Iranian year, and they wish during the ceremony to repel evil and bring good luck for themselves and their homeland in the New Year.
According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI) statement, in the festival this year, young protesters continued the national uprising that began in January by protesting acts against the Iranian regime,
"In Tehran and other cities across the country, including Tabriz, Kermanshah, Mashhad, Bushehr, Ahvaz, Qom, Hamedan, Khoramabad, Karaj, Rasht, Yasouj, Mahshar, Orumiyeh, Saqqez, Nourabad (Lorestan Province), Arak, Malayer, young activists set fire to Khamenei’s pictures and banners," said the statement.
“In dozens of cities such as Tehran and Lavasan (north of Tehran) citizens set fire to centers of the paramilitary Basij and vehicles belonging to the security forces. The Basij was one of the main organs of repression that particularly played an active role in cracking down on the recent major anti-regime protests . Tehran’s Fire Department spokesman stated on the night of March 13, more than 130 fire incidents were reported from 4:30 to 10:30 pm,” NCRI added.
Pictures of Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), were posted in various locations, according to the PMOI website.
The Fox News Investigative Unit, using the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp, interviewed two of the protest organizers from their home base in Iran, with the help of the NCRI for the connection.
"We are like a wave -- we come back even stronger, and the Iranian people want regime change, there is no going back." They said to Fox News.
"The repression of the regime is a dead end," said Kavea, a 30-year-old man. "When you see these numbers of protesters, the message is clear... Iran is a volcano, and it will erupt much sooner than you think."
"I think Nowruz this year can be for us a victory," said Mitra, a 27-year-old woman. "Nowruz means 'a new day.' This year, we think we are getting close to a real Nowruz."