Ahwaz’s „Day of Rage“

Ohne von den Medien auch nur wahrgenommen zu werden, sind vergangene Woche in verschiedenen Städten arabische Iraner in einem „Day of Rage“ auf die Straße gegangen:

The Ahwazi Arab ‚Day of Rage‘ proceeded under a complete media black-out and brutal state repression, leaving at least nine dead, scores injured and hundreds detained by security services.

During the demonstrations, which coincided with the sixth anniversary of the Ahwazi intifada, the Bassij used live rounds and shot indiscriminately at unarmed protesters. In Kut Abdullah district, which has long been the focus of Ahwazi Arab unrest, two women were killed – one shot dead and the other died from inhalation of tear gas – and 30 Ahwazis were hurt. In Malashoeh, more than 50 were injured and three were shot dead. Elsewhere in Ahwaz City, protests were reported in the districts of Siah, Zwiehe, Hamidiya, Aziziyah, Qadisiya and other districts. Protests were also reported in Abadan near the Iraqi border, but there are no reports as yet of killings or injuries. Hospitals were forced to close emergency admissions.

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