Iranian media reported that state TV has stopped broadcasting a series after protesters in the southwest claimed it insulted a prominent local tribe.

IRNA said Sunday that state TV suspended ‘Sarzamin-e Kohan,’ or The Ancient Land. The series is set in the 1940s, 50s and 60s when Iran was a monarchy, before its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The hard-line Javan daily said a crowd in Ahvaz, capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province, gathered in front of the governor’s office demanding an apology from the state broadcasting company. Other protests have been reported in neighboring provinces.

The protesters reportedly claimed the series defames the large and powerful Bakhtiari tribe. A Bakhtiari family in the series is depicted as corrupt, nouveau riche and monarchist.

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