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Protests Erupt Against a TV Show in Iran

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Iran, Arts & Culture, Citizen Media, Ethnicity & Race, Protest
Sarzamine Kohan

Sarzamine Kohan

Protests against a TV series called Sarzamine Kohan (Ancient Land) erupted this week in several Iranian cities, including Dezful [1] and Ahvaz [2] in the oil-rich Khuzestan province. Demonstrators say the show was insulting to Bakhtiari [3] people and the role its leaders played in Iran's Constitutional Revolution [4].

In at least one dialogue of the fictional show, Bakhtyaris are said [5] to be “at the service of English”, meaning they were traitors. Sixty members of parliament wrote [5] 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 [6]

Today they destroy Bakhtiari, tomorrow they will do it with other ethnic groups.

The_Sina tweeted [9]

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

Iran's Third Channel (the one broadcast the controversial series) played Bakhtiari music several times today. Probably to soften the present atmosphere.