Iran protests.. arrests in Balochistan and the overthrow of an armed cell in Zahedan
With Iran’s protests continuing for the tenth week in a row and the local authorities failing to “suppress” them, the regime resorted to a campaign of arrests as a way to intimidate the protesters.
On Saturday evening, anti-government demonstrations took place in the cities of Tehran, Shiraz, Arak, Ardabil, Marivan, Eshnavieh, Piranshahr, Malakan, Baneh, Sardasht, Kermanshah, Ilam, Mahabad, Bukan, Saqqez, Khoy and other Iranian cities.
The protesters chanted the overthrow of the Iranian regime, and chanted slogans against Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, while there were reports of intense attacks by security forces on demonstrators in Kurdish Mahabad.
This comes, while human rights organizations reported, on Saturday evening, that at least 12 residents of Sistan and Baluchistan province, southeastern Iran, had been arrested, demonstrators in the cities of Zahedan, Iranshahr, and Kash, during protests that erupted on Saturday evening.
“Six of the demonstrators were arrested in the city of Zahedan, while three were arrested in Iranshahr and three others in the city of Khash for participating in the popular protests in Sistan and Baluchestan,” the Baloch organization “Half Wash” said.
Iranian security forces raided the house of the Sunni cleric of Kurdish nationalism, Mohammad Khader Nejad, in the city of Boukan, northwest of Iran.
The BBC said in the Persian version that “a security force raided the house of Sheikh Mohammad Khadr Nejad in the city of Boukan and arrested him for attending a funeral ceremony for one of the victims last Wednesday, announcing his support for the demonstrators and protests and criticizing the violence of the security authorities.”
The sheikh’s family told the British Radio that “the arrest of Sheikh Mohammad Khadr Nejad was carried out violently by the security services, as he was in the home of his elderly father in Bukan,” adding that “Khidr Nejad’s brother was a victim of the Iran-Iraq war and was a member of the army.”
And Sheikh Mohammad Khadernejad, who regularly publishes religious content on his channel on “Telegram”, has recently touched on the news related to the Iranian protests and expressed his opinion about what is happening, criticizing the security authorities for harassing the Sunni leader, Sheikh Mawlawi Abdul Hamid.
In a related context, the imam of Friday prayers in the city of Iranshahr, Sheikh Mawlawi Hafez Ahmad Jawhar Kohi, survived after gunmen opened fire on his car while returning from the city of Khash to Iranshahr.
The human rights organization “Rasd Balochistan” said, on its channel via “Telegram”, that “the gunmen intercepted a car carrying Sheikh Mawlawi Hafez Ahmad Jawhar Kohi, on the road between Khash and Iranshahr, and opened fire,” adding that “Sheikh Jawhar Kohi survived the assassination attempt.” “.
The organization quoted its own sources as saying that “during the shooting, three bullets hit Sheikh Johar Kohi’s car, and he and his companions were not harmed.”
Mawlawi Hafez Ahmad Jawharkuhi is the director of the Miftah School of Sunni Religious Sciences and the imam of Juma Jawharkuh in the city of Iranshahr. He is also the assistant to the Sunni leader, Mawlawi Abdul Hamid, and the third deputy of the Sunni Religious Schools Coordination Council.
In a related context, the Iranian Ministry of Security and Intelligence claimed, on Saturday evening, the arrest of five people involved in the assassination of the Shiite cleric in Zahedan, “Sajjad Shahrki.”
And Sheikh Shahraki, the imam of Moulay Mottaqian Mosque in the city of Zahedan, was assassinated by unknown gunmen on November 3.
A statement by the Iranian intelligence, without revealing the identity of the detainees, said, “They confessed to communicating with hostile organizations and intelligence services hostile to Iran, and they also admitted their intention to carry out terrorist operations against Shiite and Sunni notables in Sistan and Baluchistan, and they intended to target sensitive places with the aim of sparking a sectarian war in the province.”