Iran blocks ‘il­le­gal’ rally at an­cient king’s tomb

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Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties pre­vented what they called an “il­le­gal gath­er­ing” at the tomb of an­cient Per­sian king Cyrus the Great and ar­rested a num­ber of sus­pects, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

The Mizanon­line news web­site said the in­tel­li­gence min­istry had iden­ti­fied mem­bers of “a counter-rev­o­lu­tion­ary group which had wanted to or­gan­ise an il­le­gal gath­er­ing un­der the pre­text of cel­e­brat­ing Cyrus”.

Au­thor­i­ties cut the main high­way be­tween the cities of Shi­raz and Es­fa­han, which leads to an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site where the tomb is be­lieved to be lo­cated. They said the clo­sure was for road work.

Semi-of­fi­cial ISNA news agency re­ported that the head of the elite Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard, Gen­eral Hashem Ghi­assi, had is­sued a warn­ing to the “counter-rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies”.

Footage posted on so­cial me­dia showed par­tic­i­pants chant­ing for free­dom of ex­pres­sion, along with na­tion­al­is­tic and anti-Arab slo­gans.

Cyrus the Great was the founder of the Achaemenid Em­pire in the 6th Cen­tury BC and ruled over an­cient Per­sia for about 30 years. – AFP

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