Saturday, October 31, 2009

Who's Afraid of Cyrus the Great?

Found this interesting piece on homylafayette Iran News.

The piece is about the efforts of the Iranian regime to block people from entering the tomb of Cyrus the Great (near Shiraz, in southern Iran), and stop them from celebrating the Cyrus the Great Day, on Thursday, October 29.

Below is the video clip that homylafayette has with the post.

Regime fears patriotism: Cyrus tomb blocked as hundreds try to celebrate 'father of human rights'

Police blocked cars on their way to Pasargadae, the site of Cyrus the Great's tomb, and chased away hundreds who had convened at the complex in central Iran to celebrate Cyrus the Great Day on Thursday, according to opposition news sources.

October 29, designated as International Cyrus the Great Day, is the date the founder of the Persian Empire entered Babylon in 340 BC. His proclamation that day was inscribed on the Cyrus Cylinder, considered by some to be the world's first human rights charter.

Iranians from across the country were driving towards Persepolis and Pasargadae when their automobiles were blocked and turned around by the police on Thursday, according to Mardomak. The hundreds who had managed to make it to the mausoleum complex were chased away by security forces or blocked on the road going up to the tomb.

To read the complete post, visit homylafayette's great blog.

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