Iran’s famous Festival of Fire, also known as Chaharshanbe Suri, has turned from a festival into protest gatherings in Tehran and several other cities according to videos shared by Iranian activists on social media, Al Arabiya reported on Wednesday.
Activists had been calling for people to take to the streets on the day of the festival, which features fire displays in public streets, under the slogan ‘the dictator is in the fire’.
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Most of the videos shows a few protesters throwing fireworks at a security motorcycle patrolling the Falah neighborhood in Tehran, while chanting ‘death to the dictator’.
Several Iranian officials had warned that festival celebrations may turn into demonstrations where the public prosecutor’s office released a statement warning against any ‘unruly, illegal behavior’.
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In the statement shared by a local news agency, the public prosecutor added that security forces and judicial authorities will intervene against anyone who tries to take advantage of the festival to create any disorder.