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10/31/2018 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  This week, Iranians illegally gathered to celebrate what is unofficially known as Cyrus Day. The ancient Persian King Cyrus is historically recognized as having issued the first declaration of human rights which included the promotion of religious freedom. His declaration is sometimes referred to as the “magna carta” for religious freedom.

The gathering of Iranians on Cyrus Day is viewed by the government as a threat to the country’s Islamic identity. However, King Cyrus remains a popular figure among Iranians and conversation about King Cyrus often opens the doors to Christian ministry.

It was reported by various media sources that the Iranians authorities put the security apparatus on high alert on Cyrus Day and attempted to prevent Iranians from gathering in celebration. The regime has come under intense pressure this year as a result of widespread public discontent directed towards the political and religious elite.

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