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Head of Saqqez Football Board Arrested

September 11, 2023
1 min read
Shirko Hejazi, who is also a prominent civil activist in the western Kurdish city, was apprehended at his home on September 11
Shirko Hejazi, who is also a prominent civil activist in the western Kurdish city, was apprehended at his home on September 11

The Iranian security forces have arrested the head of the city football board in Saqqez, IranWire has learned.

Shirko Hejazi, who is also a prominent civil activist in the western Kurdish city, was apprehended at his home on September 11. 

His whereabouts and the motive for his arrest are unknown.

The Iranian authorities, fearing a flare up in protests ahead of the September 16 anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death in police custody, have ramped up security measures in Kurdistan province, particularly Saqqez, where Amini is buried.

They have also intensified their crackdown on activists and families of those killed in the monthslong demonstrations sparked by the 22-year-old woman’s death.

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