In the midst of growing tensions within the ruling faction of the regime, a speech by the mullahs’ president was interrupted in the city of Shiraz, according to state-run news agencies on Monday.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was speaking in the southern city when an agent of the paramilitary Bassij spoke out against him, creating an embarrassing moment for the mullahs’ president on live state-run TV.

As the Persian New Year approaches, the Iranian regime’s officials are resorting to threats and intimidation to prevent uprisings by the Iranian people.

According to state-run news agencies, the commander of the State Security Forces (SSF), Esmail Ahmadi Moqaddam, has said, “Buying and selling fireworks is illegal and the police can severely confront offenders on the basis of the law and refer them to the judiciary.”

Various news agencies reported that thousands of people protested against the regime on Tuesday, chanting “death to dictator” and clashing with the regime’s suppressive forces.

Reuters reported that the regime’s security forces fired teargas and clashed with anti-regime protestors. It cited sources as saying security forces and plainclothes agents clashed with demonstrators in Tehran in an attempt to disperse them.

The deputy commander of the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has warned that the regime could be overthrown in a “velvet coup” by the year’s end, the state-run Fars and Khabar Online reported on Wednesday.

Hossein Taeb, who heads the IRGC’s Intelligence Organization, tried to link the massive popular uprisings against the regime to foreign governments.

Several members of the Iranian regime’s ruling faction have warned former mullahs’ president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting that he may not only be removed from his post at the regime’s Assembly of Experts but also from additional organs.

The February 14 popular protests against the Iranian regime represented a “watershed moment,” a regime official was quoted as saying on Monday, according to the state-run Jahan News.

Morteza Nabavi, a member of the mullahs’ Expediency Council and the director of the state-run Resalat daily, said, “February 14 was a watershed moment in the post-election [June 2009] events. It exposed the nature of this movement more than ever.”

The Iranian regime’s senior officials continue to express fear and increasing anxiety about the aftermath of recent protests in the month of February by the Iranian people.

In one of the latest of such reactions, the regime’s chairman of joint chiefs of staff, Hassan Firouzabadi, called for more training and weapons for the paramilitary Bassij Force.

A former commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) echoed growing fears in the regime over the continuation of anti-regime protests by the Iranian people and called on factions to unite around the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

According to the state-affiliated Tabnak website on Monday, Mohsen Rezai, currently the Secretary of the mullahs’ Expediency Council, said to defend Khamenei is to defend the entire regime.

An advisor to the commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has said that Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s removal as the head of the mullahs’ Assembly of Experts is imminent.

Saffar Harandi, whose comments were published by state-run media, said, “Mr. Hashemi has at every stage of the way been removed from the sphere of his responsibilities. We will see in the next round of elections for the presiding board of the Assembly of Experts that he will be removed [as chairman].”

The Iranian regime has confiscated satellite dishes in several parts of Tehran to prevent free access to information, according to reports by Hrana this week.

The news agency said the regime’s State Security Forces (SSF) raided some apartments in western Tehran districts like Shahrak-e Gharb and Ekbatan to confiscate satellite dishes.