Iran Says Foiled ‘Illegal Gathering’ At Tomb Of Persian King

Iran says it has foiled an online plan to organize an “illegal gathering” at the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the first king of Persia.

Iranians gather every year on October 29 at the pre-Islamic king’s tomb, located in the ancient city of Pasargadae in the central province of Fars, to celebrate Cyrus Day, an unofficial holiday.

Last year, scores of people were reported to have been arrested and some later sentenced to prison after thousands had assembled at the site of the ancient monument to celebrate Cyrus Day.