By Iran Probe Staff
Friday, 18 May 2018
On the morning of Thursday, people of Kazerun rallied for the second day against the regime, while for the killing and wounding a number of people on Wednesday, public mourning was declared and the city was shut down.
On Wednesday, people once again took to the streets to protest the government. The protesters demanded that the Iranian government reject a lawmaker’s proposal to divide Kazerun administratively. But Wednesday morning rallies were suppressed by police and security forces, and a number of people were arrested.
On Wednesday evening, people gathered to request the release of those arrested, but police opened fire and killed and wounded a number of protesters.
At least two people were killed and nine others were wounded,Two of the injured are in critical condition, according to MEK sources inside Iran. Ismael Tabadar, Kazerun Governor, in an interview with state run ISNA news agency, admitted that one person was killed on Wednesday's rally.
The protests began last month when it was revealed that according to a state plan, the city of Kazerun is divided into two parts.
The plan was revealed by one of the MPs who himself was involved in the implementation of the plan. People reacted strongly to the implementation of the plan, and the anti-government protests continued for a few days until the government said it would retreat from its plan.
Lawmaker Hossein Rezazadeh, who represents Kazerun, lives in one of the areas that he seeks to transfer to the new city.The Kazerun residents oppose the plan, fearing the new city would draw government funds away from Kazerun.
The people's protests began again on Wednesday, when they found that the government had not canceled the plan and quietly sought to implement the division of Kazeroon.