Prior to last Sunday’s “Cyrus Day” in Iran, a large number of senior Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commanders were stationed at the site and nearby areas to prevent a possible anti-government uprising, according to reports from inside the regime.
This included deputy IRGC chief Hossein Salami; Brigadier General Hossein Nejat, deputy IRGC intelligence chief; Brigadier General Mir Ahmadi, deputy intelligence chief of the Armed Forces Headquarters; Brigadier General Kazemi; Brigadier General Hashem Ghiathi; Brigadier General Kushaki, commander of the “Fajr” Corps in Fars Province; Brigadier General Jazani; Colonel Ali Zolqadri, deputy police chief of Fars Province and a large number of IRGC commanders from various provinces were at the scene wearing plainclothes, all involved in directing the widespread crackdown effort against the large number of people pouring into the site from cities near and far.
Around six thousand members of the IRGC, Bassij, police and intelligence were stationed in Pasargad from two days prior to the event. All schools, mosques, religious centers, and even the home and office of the Pasargad Friday prayer imam were occupied by these units. Many were also stationed in tents erected around the tomb site.
Thousands of IRGC members were also dispatched from the provinces of Khuzestan, Chahar Mahal & Bakhtiari, Kohgilaviye & Boyer Ahmad, and IRGC centers in nearby cities and towns. These units remained in the area up until Monday. All highways, main and secondary roads, and even dirt roads leading to Pasargad were blocked by premade concrete columns and walls. IRGC and Bassij members were stationed in all areas.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
November 3, 2017