Fire Festival – Statement No. 4
Political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison chant “Death to dictator”
NCRI - The political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, face-to-face with the clerical regime, held the Fire Festival in their cells and jumped over a small fire they had resourcefully set inside the cell chanting “Death to dictator”. In a measure to ratchet up pressure on the prisoners and bar them from holding the ceremony, prison’s henchmen had prevented prisoners from going out of their cells since Tuesday morning, March 17.
NCRI - Thousands of Iranian teachers took to the streets in 28 cities across the country on Sunday demanding an end to discrimination against teacher by the regime, raising teachers’ salaries to at least poverty line.
The protest gatherings held in Tehran, the capital city, as well as the cities of Shiraz, Marivan, Khorramabad, Brujerd, Ilam, Kermanshah, Ravansar, Javanroud, Zanjan, Yasouj, Ardebil, Bandar Abbas, Sanandaj, Arak, Qazvin, Esfehan, Rasht, Qaemshahr, Hamedan, Paveh, Abadan, Bandar Gonaveh, Tabriz, Abhar and Karaj.
NCRI - The low turnout on Wednesday in state-organized rallies in cities across Iran marks a defeat for Iranian regime at the 36th anniversary of its inception on February 11, 1979.
Despite mobilizing all governmental resources including the Revolutionary Guards and Basij para-military force, and threatening or enticing the people, especially the pupils and government employees, the number of those attending the event was unprecedentedly and significantly far lower than previous years.
NCRI - Iranian students held protests and gatherings on Sunday in universities across Iran marking Student Day, known locally as 16 Azar (December 7).
In fear of student protests in Tehran, the clerical regime cancelled Hassan Rouhani’s scheduled program at Tehran University.
NCRI - The government of Hassan Rouhani has increased the price of bread, the main nourishment for the vast majority of the Iranian people, by 30 to 40 percent.
The price increase comes only days after the Iranian regime failed to reach and a comprehensive deal with the six world powers to end its nuclear weapons program that has cost the Iranian people hundreds of billions of dollars.
NCRI - A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran after trying to watch a men’s volleyball match is on a hunger strike again after a court in Iran sentenced her to one year in jail.
Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25-year-old law graduate from London, is protesting against “what she called her illegal detention”, her mother said in an interview.
NCRI - In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Hassan Rouhani, the president of the clerical regime, repeated the mullahs' lies and obfuscations, in an attempt to mislead the international community.
As the extent of the regime’s meddling in Syria and Iraq is further exposed with each passing day and as large sections of Yemen, including its capital Sanaa, have practically fallen under the control of the Iranian regime and its proxies, Rouhani unabashedly said: “The notion that Iran seeks to control other Muslim countries in the region is a myth fanned in the recent years in the context of an Iranophobic project.”