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Four detained after protesting Salafist attack in Marivan: watchdog

  2021-05-04  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Iranian security forces detained at least four people in Marivan in Kurdistan province a day after the city’s residents protested against a Salafist attack, watchdog said on Tuesday (May 4).

On Saturday evening, a group of Salafists attacked a home in Marivan’s Darsiran neighborhood with knives and daggers, wounded two people, one of who is in un unstable condition, Hnegaw Organization for Human Rights reported.

On Sunday night, a number of Marivan’s citizens took streets in the neighborhood to protest against the Salafists’ attack, demanding stopping these groups from attacking civilians, which led to the intervention of the seethe watchdog.

Hengaw also said that Kajvan Feizi, Fouad Feizi, Ako Chavki and Sherko Sohrabi were arrested in Bayveh square following the protest at around 10:30 pm on Monday. 

Kurdistan Toiles’ Party (Komala), a Kurdish opposition party outlawed by Iran, condemned the attack and detentions and called on Darisinran’s residents to exercise restraint and residents in the Iranian Kurdistan to take a stance and protest. 

“We are telling the reactionists and the Salafist movement that the Kurdistan revolution and the city popular movement will no longer accept such despicable acts,” Komala said in a statement. “We are calling on them not to be an alliance and conductor of regime’s plans and not to disrupt people’s security.”

At least 28 ethnic Kurds were apprehended by the security forces in Iran’s Kurdish-majority provinces in Iran on charges of political and civil activism, participation in Newroz celebrations and membership to the Kurdish political parties during Aprils, the watchdog said on Monday. 

About 114 ethnic Kurds have been arrested in different regions in the Iranian Kurdistan since January in a large-scale clampdown by the Iranian authorities on dissidents, environmental, political and cultural activists, said the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), another watchdog.

At least 205 political and civil activists, journalists, environmentalists were arrested in 2020, according to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association (KMMK), another watchdog.

International watchdogs such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have voiced alarm regarding the state of press freedom and the freedom of expression in Iran.

(Zhyan English)