Iran arrests tens linked to recent anti-government protests
MAF NEWS – At least 52 Iranian Kurds have been arrested so far by Iranian Intelligence Agency known as Etelaat for participating in recent anti-government protests, some were released on bail.
According to the Center of Democracy and Human Rights in Kurdistan some 24 Kurdish residents of Ilam have been captured since early January by Etelaat for participating and planning the protests. All the detainees are now transferred to an unknown location.
Kamaran Majidpour, Mahan qanbari, Obaied Haqparast, Yazdan Farajzadeh, Sara Jamshidi, Ehsan Mohammadi, Soleiman Abdi, Saman Arghavani, Javab Khaibar, Ali Haqi, Mozafar Rahmani, Mohammad Masoumi, Laleh Javanpour, Loqman Karami, Javad Karami, Farhad Karami, Salman Abdullahi, Mahmoud Chamangol, Rohollah Arghand, Abbas Arghand, Laleh Aqaee, Hafez Abdoli, Jebreiel Zarei, and Ali Zarei are the names of detainees in Ilam.
Some 15 protesters were also jailed in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah, the names are listed below.
Nastaran Akashe, Nabi Tardast, Loqman Vaisi, Wali Amiri, Abdul Jabar Khaledi, Faramarz Omidi, Ashraf Akbar Zadeh, Vaheed Mazhari, Yaser Habibi, Omid Jamshidi, Arzhang Zargoush, Shamsedin Kakeie, Hamzeh Rahnama, Azad Taqizadeh and Gholam Ali Mosawar.
According to some sources in Sanandaj, at least 40 people linked with recent protest have been arrested so far. Maf news confirms two of them; Moharam Saberi and Jamshid khosh Avaz.
Najib Abdullahi Asel, Seivan Kalami, Neda Ahmadi, Omid Ejlal, Toran Mehraban, Reza Ahang khosh, Mohammad Javad Amirsadeghi, Shahla Vahdatpoor, Qader Dallan, and Iraj Hamidi are the nine protesters who have been arrested in Urmia.
Some of the detainees are now freed on bail. Maf news has not obtained the name of the released protesters due to the internet restriction in Iran.
Alongside with other parts of Iran, Kurds also took the streets and protested against corruption in Iran in early January.
The beginning of the protest was in the Iranian Northeastern city of Mashahd, but soon it spread to other cities.
With slogans like “political prisoners must be freed” protesters asked the Iranian officials to release all the political detainees as soon as possible.