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Date of Inundation of
Islamic Regime' Sivand Dam, the Plague of Iranian Heritage Not Yet Agreed Upon
30 May 2006
(Shapour Suren-Pahlav - CAIS) -- The final meeting on the inundation of
Sivand Dam will be held on the last week of spring 2006 with the presence of
representatives from the Islamic Regime's Ministry of Energy and Iran’s
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) on behalf of the Iranian nation. This is while the regime had
already falsely announced that they had reached to an agreement of the exact date of the
Sivand Dam inundation which according to him would have been November/December
“We have not yet reached to an agreement with the Ministry of Energy on the
inundation of Sivand Dam and the Minister of Energy made his announcement
according to what he had estimated from the trend of excavations in Bolaghi Valley
historical site,” said Esfaniar Rahim Mashayi, President of ICHTO to CHN.
Prior to this, the Minister of Energy had participated in an interview with
Iran’s Fars News Agency in which he deceptively announced the agreement of this ministry
with ICHTO for the inundation of Sivand Dam toward the end of this year.
“I had a visit to Shiraz on 17th of May and in a meeting attended by ICHTO
authorities we studied the case and it seemed there ICHTO had no problem with
resuming the construction of Sivand Dam,” calimed Parviz Fatah, Islamic
regime' Minister of
Hashem Rabani, director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Fars
province, misleadingly claimed the inundation of Sivand Dam will cause no harm to Pasargadae
historical site; however, the final result will be clarified by the end of
spring. Some experts anticipate that the archaeological excavations in Bolaghi Valley
will finish by that time.
It is certain that inundation of the Sivand Dam will drown major parts of
Bolaghi Valley and 147 of its historical sites including a section of the Achaemenid'
Imperial Road (Râh-e Shâhi); however considering the distance between this dam
and the mausoleum of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae, flooding of the dam though
will not submerge the Cyrus’ mausoleum, but the humidity created by it will
gradually destroy this revered ancient monument.
Sivand Dam is constructed by the Islamic Regime on the Sivand River in Bolaghi Valley
historical site which is located 9 kilometres from the world heritage site of
Pasargadae in Fars province. Following the news of the inundation of Sivand Dam
by the Islamic regime, shocking news was spread around the world which raised concerns among the
Iranian nation as well as the International community of the cultural heritage
enthusiasts that Pasargadae is in serious danger of being destroyed.
However, since Bolaghi Valley will submerge with all 147 historical sites once
the dam is flooded, experts started their archaeological excavations there under
a comprehensive salvation project in which archaeologists from all around the
world take part. The project has led to some invaluable discoveries so far such
as unearthing of the remains of the palace of Darius the Great, a village
belonging to the Achaemenid dynastic era, and large numbers of ancient artefacts.
Due to the pressure from within and outside the county, flooding of the dam is postponed until archaeologists
announce that their excavations in Bolaghi Valley are finished.
The choice of location for contracting a Dam by the Islamic Regime, so close to
Pasargadae, or construction of chemical factories in the vicinity of Bistun in
Kermanshah as well as Naqsh-e Rustam in the Fars province, where the wind blows
the poison gases and steams directly to the graves of the Darius the Great and
Xerxes, has not been unintentional.
Islamic regime's enmity towards anything Iranian, especially Cyrus the Great and
Darius the Great is a prevalent knowledge, which most probably was the main
reason behind the Sivand Dam' construction plan.
Islamic regime which has been trying to destroy and erase all pre-Islamic culture
from the consciousness of the Iranians, once and for all, concerned primarily
with Achaemenid heritage sites, i.e, Pasargadae, Persepolis, Naghsh-e Rustam and
revolution in Iran, Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, one
of the leading members of the Islamic revolution and head of Revolutionary
Courts, and his followers desperately tried to bulldoze and level-down
Persepolis, but the inhabitants of the close city Shiraz went on the barricade,
and risked their lives by laying front of bulldozers, as well as assistance
from governor of Fars, Nosratollah Amini, who had been a member of the National
Front during the days of Dr Mossadegh (1950s) and his personal lawyer, called
upon the security forces in Fars, and in a show of force, threw out the
humiliated invaders headed by Khalkhali, which saved the
ancient site from total destruction. The Islamic regime's cultural cleansing
could simply be coined as the "Cultural Holocaust".
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