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Complain to IRI President about the Invasion of Susa Apadana Palace's Landscape


04 December 2007




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  Picture courtesy of Persian service of ISNA (Click to enlarge)

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.


The 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.


The construction process of the project has been accelerated over the past few days after the media released reports on the catastrophe.


“The 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.


Tariana has also sent a similar letter to Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization regime's appointed Director Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii.


Susa 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. 


This chaotic situation has facilitated the activities of smugglers who have been illegally excavating the site in search of valuable artifacts.


Members 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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