Iranian security forces have arrested the father and sister of Mohammad Hassanzadeh, a protester killed during last year’s nationwide protests, according to human rights groups.
Hassanzadeh’s father, Ahmad, was arrested in the Kurdish city of Bukan on September 5, while his sister Solmaz was also taken into custody.
They were both taken to an undisclosed location.
The arrests took place just days before the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death in police custody on September 16. The tragedy led to months of nationwide anti-establishment protests that were brutally repressed by security forces.
The Iranian authorities, fearing a flare up in protests ahead of the anniversary, have ramped up their crackdown against activists and families of those killed in the widespread demonstrations.
At least 70 relatives of victims have been arrested over the past five months, according to the human rights group Hengaw.
On September 5, security agents raided the private residence of Amini’s uncle Safa Aeli in the western city of Saqqez and took him to an undisclosed location.