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Iranian Baluchis Protest Against the Shooting of Impoverished Fuel Smugglers

February 23, 2021
OstanWire
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Iranian Baluchis Protest Against the Shooting of Impoverished Fuel Smugglers

Demonstrations continue apace in the city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchistan province following the recent shooting of Baluch fuel smugglers by members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has killed and wounded at least 15 people.

Videos released from the protests on Tuesday, February 23, show citizens entering and taking over control of Saravan city hall. Elsewhere videos have surfaced showing a police vehicle set on fire in Saravan.

The official Baluch activists' campaign announced that the unrest had spread to the front of the IRGC's Quds Force headquarters in Saravan and also released videos of the clashes around the IRGC base.

On Monday, February 22, 2021, members of the Revolutionary Guards fired directly at Baluch fuel smugglers at the Askan border checkpoint. Media outlets supporting Baluch human rights reported a number of severe injuries and later, a drastic shortage of blood supplies at Razi Hospital in Saravan.

According to some reports, the internet has been cut off in Saravan city and other channels of communication with this city have been closed. The authorities of the Islamic Republic have so far remained silent about these clashes.

Molavi Abdol Hamid, the Sunni Friday prayer Imam of Zahedan, has also issued a statement condemning the shooting of the Baluch fuel smugglers, calling it against the law.

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