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Protests Erupt Against a TV Show in Iran
Written by Farid On 14 February 2014 @ 19:29 pm | 2 Comments
In Arts & Culture, Citizen Media, Ethnicity & Race, Farsi, Iran, Middle East & North Africa, Protest, Video, Weblog
Protests against a TV series called Sarzamine Kohan (Ancient Land) erupted this week in several Iranian cities, including Dezful  and Ahvaz  in the oil-rich Khuzestan province. Demonstrators say the show was insulting to Bakhtiari  people and the role its leaders played in Iran's Constitutional Revolution .
In at least one dialogue of the fictional show, Bakhtyaris are said  to be “at the service of English”, meaning they were traitors. Sixty members of parliament wrote  a protest letter to state-run Iranian television complaining about this representation.
Bakhtiari people, who primarily live in Chahar Mahaal, Bakhtiari and parts of the Khuzestan, Lorestan and Isfahan provinces, played an important role in Iran's history.
Demonstration in Dezful
Freedom Messenger shared several films from a demonstration in Dezful, on Friday 14, 2014.
Several netizens tweeted about the controversial series.
Tevis tweeted 
وقتی امروز بصورت هدفدار و یک جانبه دست به تخریب قوم #بختیاری  میزنن مطمئنن فردا هم نوبت بقیه ی اقوام خواهد رسید
— teviz (@mashtiiiiiiiiii) February 12, 2014 
Today they destroy Bakhtiari, tomorrow they will do it with other ethnic groups.
The_Sina tweeted 
— سین الف (@The_Sina) February 14, 2014 
Here are the photos of demonstration in Masjed Soleiman on Friday, February 15. If you demonstrate, do it the right way, without violence.
Mehdi Mohseni previously tweeted
— Mehdi Mohseni (@mehdimohseni) February 9, 2014 
Iran's Third Channel (the one broadcast the controversial series) played Bakhtiari music several times today. Probably to soften the present atmosphere.
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URLs in this post:
 Dezful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dezful
 Ahvaz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahvaz
 Bakhtiari: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakhtiari_people
 Constitutional Revolution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_Constitutional_Revolution
 are said: http://fararu.com/fa/news/179890/%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%AA%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B6-%DA%AF%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%B2%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%86-%DA%A9%D9%87%D9%86
 tweeted: https://twitter.com/mashtiiiiiiiiii/status/433615198708973568
 #بختیاری: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%AA%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C&src=hash
 February 12, 2014: https://twitter.com/mashtiiiiiiiiii/statuses/433615198708973568
 tweeted: https://twitter.com/The_Sina/status/434362861695938560
 pic.twitter.com/eE8QZEKgZQ: http://t.co/eE8QZEKgZQ
 February 14, 2014: https://twitter.com/The_Sina/statuses/434362861695938560
 http://t.co/fTWlJnNMxZ: http://t.co/fTWlJnNMxZ
 February 9, 2014: https://twitter.com/mehdimohseni/statuses/432506796779896832
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