On Monday October 29, throngs of people from various Iranian cities flocked to Pasargad to commemorate Cyrus the Great. This was despite suppressive measures by the mullahs’ regime that has been trying to prevent people’s gathering fearing protests. On Sunday evening and Monday morning, there was heavy traffic on the roads leading to Pasargad, in Fars Province, according to a Statement by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
In addition to the police and secret police, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) were also on alert in Fars Province and nearby cities.
Roads leading to Pasargad were blockaded from Sunday afternoon, and suppressive forces cordoned off streets, arrested numerous young people who were travelling toward Pasargad and impounded many vehicles in addition to turning back a number of vehicles that had come from other provinces. Some people moved toward Pasargad by foot via detours and mountain paths.
The NCRI’s report states that the IRGC has been announcing for two weeks prior to the Cyrus the Great Day that they would be conducting drills in Zarqan (Fars Province) during October 27-30 in an effort to prevent any gathering. They also informed hospitals in the region, including in Pasargad, to be prepared to receive people with injuries.