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One dead and six wounded in a protest in a city in southern Iran

Complaints against an administrative reorganization bring to light a new focus of discomfort away from the capital

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One dead and six wounded in a protest in a city in southern Iran

At least one person has been killed, six wounds and a hundred detained during a protest in a city in sourn Iran, as official sources have recognized this Thursday. The call for an administrative reorganization project in Kazerun (Fars province) appeared to be violent after police shot against protesters demanding release of detainees. According to slogans, quotation could serve as an excuse to aerate malaise with economic reality.

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"The situation is under control although re are scattered incidents," said governor of Fars Province, Esmaeil Tabadar, in an interview with agency ISNA. This responsible has insisted that "re was only one dead" and asked people to distrust social networks. Some news broadcast on that track raised dead to three.

Previously, Fars agency, first authorized medium to echo riots, said that "a small number" of protesters was concentrated on eve of Kazerun, 900 kilometres south of Tehran, and "set fire to a police station." That source attributed call to Telegram, a recently banned messaging application in Iran.

According to a testimony collected by BBC Persian, "several people" were arrested during demonstration of afternoon and that motivated that at last minute people concentrated in front of police station to ask for ir release. "The police gunfire raised tension. The protesters entered barracks and incendiary, "declared witness.

For some months, this city of 150,000 inhabitants has been scene of peaceful protest against an official project to segregate several neighborhoods in region of same name to make m an independent locality. The complaints prompted supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to call in consultations with his representative in Kazerun, Hoyatoleslam Jorsand. On his return from Tehran, three weeks ago, he implied that plan had been suspended and that mobilizations had to be completed.

However, slogans that are heard in recordings of social networks are very similar to those that were chanted during wave of anti-government demonstrations that shook country between 28 December and 3 January last. Then motivations were mostly economic and repression came out with 21 dead, according to official figures.

"They support Gaza, but y betray Kazerun," or "Radio, television, shame, shame," protesters have repeated again. And even "Our enemy is here, liars who say it is America", a slogan with a very political message that contradicts official line and is especially delicate at a time when regime is able to respond to US exit of nuclear agreement. The ultra-mediums have immediately pointed to an enemy hand; The Government, that of its political rivals.

Even vice-president Eshaq Jahangiri has warned of risk of some sectors exploiting situation. "We have to solve problem of Kazerun. You cannot allow every day to go out on streets and have someone to take advantage of to spread your slogans, "he said. According to him, " government has not made any decisions about division."

"The situation in provinces is so critical that no intervention is needed," says an Iranian analyst.

For time being, this morning schools of Kazerun have remained closed, according to Ministry of Education, due to "dust pollution". and various testimonies on social networks ensure that rioting forces have closed access to city to prevent arrival of people from neighboring towns.


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