Iran's Baluchistan is still in turmoil

 

Iran's Baluchistan is still in turmoil

Despite the announcement of Ahmad Taheri, the commander of the police force in Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran, that "the unrest is over and the situation is under control," news sources and Baluch activists report the existence of abnormal conditions in most cities of the province. Saravan Governor Saeed Tajlili also announced the establishment of calm and the absence of any protests in the city. In the past two days, angry people in Saravan attacked the city governor's office and entered its building to protest the killing of Baluch fuel operators.

The campaign of Baluch activists also announced on Thursday, February 25, contrary to the words of Iranian officials, that for the third day in a row, strikes and popular protests continue throughout Sistan and Baluchestan province. Reports also indicate a widespread outage of the Internet and the closure of some roads by Iranian security forces. The campaign stated that security and counterinsurgency forces had entered Sistan and Baluchestan province from neighboring provinces to suppress the Baloch people.

About 10 people were killed and many were injured after border guards of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps opened fire on a group of Baluch fuel operators on Monday (February 22nd) at the Saravan border crossing. The incident provoked protests by Baloch people in many cities in Sistan and Baluchestan province, and angry people attacked government buildings and set fire to police vehicles. Also, most of the cities of this province, especially Zahedan, witnessed a massive strike in response to this massacre.

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