By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Monday, 1 August 2016
Following protest rallies in various cities of Iran’s Azerbaijan and Ardebil provinces in the northwest in responce to insulting context published in a state-run daily, and the continuation of these protests in the past few days, regime forces have reacted by arresting dozens of protesters in cities across this region. At least 31 individuals are currently reported behind bars following these developmentsas Hrana News Agency reports.
Parallel to these apprehensions made by the police, the Revolutionary Guards is also carrying out arbitrary arrests, of which there are no specific numbers or information about their whereabouts.
Iran’s Azeri community have been protesting insulting and racial context published in the regime’s state-run “Tarhe No” daily. These rallies have been significant especially in the cities of Tabriz and Urmia. As these protests continued, regime forces expanded their crackdown measures to the cities of Khuy, Maraghe, Zanjan, Ardebil and even Tehran. 24 individuals were arrested on Thursday and 3 others on Friday. On Tuesday, July 26th nearly 500 people protested in Tabriz, of which 11 were arrested. Azeri political activists are saying these measures are carried out by the regime based on pre-planned plots, intended to insult the Azeri community, and their orders and instructions are issued from Tehran.
Various human rights and political activists in Urmia and Tabriz have seen charges of “propaganda in favor of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MeK)” raised against them. These activists are currently under interrogation and serious concerns have been raised about their conditions. The PMOI/MeK is the leading member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the main Iranian opposition organization uniting a wide front of dissident groups against the ruling regime in Iran.