Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Iran: 15 dead, 300 hurt

An "anti-government uprising" in Iran has left 15 dead and more than 300 hurt:

Anti-government uprising in southern Iranian town leaves behind 15 dead, more than 300 wounded Revolutionary Guards rushed in from Tehran and Kerman, impose curfew

Revolutionary Guards opened fire on anti-government demonstrators during an uprising in Shahr-e Babak in the southern province of Kerman on Saturday, killing 15 protestors and injuring more than 300 people.

The uprising came at the end of a five-day sit-in protest by 4,000 workers at Khatoon-Abad copper mines near Shahr-e Babak. After scuffles between the striking workers and anti-riot security agents, the latter opened fire on the workers, killing a 31-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl.

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A curfew has been imposed on the town since this morning. Anti-riot security troops are patrolling the town’s main streets, such as Imam Street, Vali-Asr Street and Farmandari Street. To terrorize the people, the security forces are staging military maneuvers.

All the shops are closed in Shahr-e Babak in protest against the bloody suppression of yesterday’s protests. Despite the curfew, people have gathered in several parts of the city, saying that sit-ins and protests would continue.


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