Violent Protest 'Leaves At Least One Dead' In Kazeroon, Southern Iran

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2018

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that a violent protest in the southwest city of Kazerron has left at least one person dead and six others injured.

The Wednesday protests were against a motion recently raised in the parliament that separate the cities of the Kazeroon County to form another county.

One person was killed and six others injured in the confrontations, on which the Iranian authorities have yet to comment.

It said a group of people gathered in Kazerun on Wednesday evening to chant "subversive slogans" and set fire to a local police station.

The city has been the scene of peaceful protests against a local government decision to divide some districts of the city and merge them into a new town.

Authorities had promised the separation would not take place following previous protests.

An eyewitness told the BBC that "several people" had been detained at an afternoon protest and that people had gathered in front of a police station to call for the release of the protesters. Protesters entered the police station and set it on fire, " the eyewitness was quoted as saying by the BBC.

At least 25 people were killed in a wave of social unrest that swept towns and cities across Iran between 28 December and 1 January.

Videos of the incident were shared on social media overnight.

One video posted on Twitter purported to show protesters chanting "They support Gaza, but betray Kazerun".

The city of Kazeroon has a population of nearly 150,000 people and is home to the Qashqai tribe, some of whom traditionally carry hunting guns.

Kazeroun is a demographically volatile area because of its cultural and ethnic milieu, which is a mixture of a new generation of city dwellers and nomadic tribes who have settled around small towns in the hope of having better access to medical and education services.

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