The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav
LONDON, (CAIS) -- The Khuzestan Cultural Heritage Lovers Society (TARIANA) has sent letters to Islamic Republic President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, asking him to prevent construction of a preparatory school on the perimeter of the Apadana Palace of ancient Susa in Khuzestan Province.
school is being constructed by the the Islamic Republic Education Ministry just
north of the Apadana Palace despite al lthe previous warnings from the Cultural
Authorities. The building, which is to be four stories tall, will spoil the
horizontal view of the palace ruins.
construction process of the project has been accelerated over the past few days
after the media released reports on the catastrophe.
Education Ministry intends to present a fait accompli to the public through
round-the-clock construction of the building,” Tariana spokesman Mojtaba
Gahestuni told the Persian service of CHN on Sunday.
has also sent a similar letter to Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts
Organization regime's appointed Director Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii.
is also being threatened by the construction of a passenger bus terminal by the
Shush Municipality in the southern section of the city, which has been inhabited
for over 7000 years.
chaotic situation has facilitated the activities of smugglers who have been
illegally excavating the site in search of valuable artifacts.
of Tariana are scheduled to hold a peaceful gathering at the Susa site in the
near future to protest against the projects.
However, such complain letters or any form of gatherings would not prevent the regime from continuing erecting various structures in the vicinity, or over the ancient Iranian sites, since the motives behind these projects are to spoil and destroy pre-Islamic Iranian heritage, according to the regime's anti-Iranian policy.
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