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Sporadic Violence Breaks Out During Iran’s Polling Day

March 1, 2024
1 min read
News agencies reported a "failed assassination attempt" on a high-ranking cleric, Alireza Hasani, the Friday prayer Leader of central Meybod city, by an individual with unknown motives
News agencies reported a "failed assassination attempt" on a high-ranking cleric, Alireza Hasani, the Friday prayer Leader of central Meybod city, by an individual with unknown motives

Iran's elections were marred by sporadic violence and reports of pressure or voter intimidation against individuals boycotting the polls. 

News agencies reported a "failed assassination attempt" on a high-ranking cleric, Alireza Hasani, the Friday prayer Leader of central Meybod city, by an individual with unknown motives.

The attacker, wielding a "sharp object," was apprehended by worshippers.

Separately, three members of the Basij paramilitary force were attacked with "bladed weapons" while en route to a polling station in northern Tehran. 

One individual sustained serious injuries, another required surgery, and the third risked losing vision in one eye. 

Authorities are seeking information about the attackers, who fled the scene. 

Reports also emerged of arrests and confrontations targeting individuals boycotting the elections. 

The Khorasan Razavi Police Command's Cyber Center reported identifying and blocking 11 Instagram pages accused of disrupting public order, promoting anti-government propaganda, and advocating for election boycotts. 

Legal action was taken against the administrators.

Throughout the past few days, numerous reports emerged of citizens being apprehended for election boycotts. 

On February 28, the police commander of West Azerbaijan province announced the arrest of 50 "social media page operators" accused of "disrupting public order and inciting non-participation in the elections." 

The police official warned that publishing “content that creates [social] tensions" online would be considered a crime.

Despite the emphasis on voter turnout by the Islamic Republic's leader, reports and social media posts indicated a low turnout for the elections.

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