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Iran warns crackdown as Mahabad casualties rise to 25

By Rudaw 8/5/2015
Riots erupted on Thursday in the streets of Mahabad
Riots erupted on Thursday in the streets of Mahabad
ERBIL, Kurdistan region - At least 25 people were wounded in Thursday’s riot in the city of Mahabad, located in Iran's West Azerbajian province, and security officials said a crackdown will commence if protests continue.    

“Iranian police will not stay calm forever and if the [protests] continue we will strongly crack down on the protesters,” said Alireza Radfar, a security official in Uremia, capital city of West Azarbaijan, who confirmed the number of casualties on Friday. 

Radfar said seven security personnel were among the causalities. He also denied the government’s alleged use of gunfire against the hundreds of demonstrators who torched and hotel over the unexplained death of a local woman.  

The incident involving Farinaz Khosrawani, 25, who was killed by a fall from the 4th floor of the Tara Hotel remains mysterious. The death was denounced by local demonstrators who suspected foul play. 

Anti-government media and Kurdish protesters claimed Khosrawani jumped to her death to avoid the advances of an Iranian army officer who was allegedly 
working in cooperation with the hotel's owner. These accusations have not been confirmed by Rudaw. 

Arrests were reportedly made after Thursday riot, but the numbers are still unknown. It was reported on Thursday that a suspect had been arrested in connection with Khosrawani's death.

Police on Thursday used tear gas to remove hundreds of demonstrators from the area in front of the damaged Tara Hotel, leading to near riot conditions in the city some 200km from the border with Iraq's Kurdistan region. 

In response to the incident and the police response, Kurdish activists took to social media to urge other cities and towns to protest against the Iranian government and show support for Khosrawani.

Protesters gathered peacefully in Sulaimani, the cultural hub of Iraq's Kurdistan region,  on Friday in support of Mahabad.


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Kurds love islam | 8/5/2015
Nothing will happen. The kurds love being oppressed. They love arab islam more than their own honor.
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Bakir Lashkari | 8/5/2015
Crack down of Iran and it's Itilahat Secret Services by Israel si the best option to let happen soon. Let us the Kurdish Young People starting the demonstrations across the Eastern Kurdistan Cities as well as with explosive bombs in Tehran and other Mulla's cities. Soon will start the Kurdish Spring in Mahabad and other kurdish cities and the plan is to get rid off the Iran Barbaric Regime.
Nither Gods,nor modern slavery | 8/5/2015
Light the flame of revolt and break the wall of fear so this protests by ordinary Kurdish people hopefully will spread to all Iranian cities including the Capital Tehran in order to overthrow this oppressive Islamic regime,people have been angry in silent for a long time,now people are angry but not apathetic.
AkarHawleri | 8/5/2015
Unfortunately we know the Iranian government is going to hang more kurds on this. It would be impossible for Eastern Kurdistan to be free without a civil war in Iran.
Gerdi | 8/5/2015
Iran warns of a crack down? I hope they're not that stupid, the regime should realize that these riots are not only about this one incident, this is the straw that broke the Camels back, and Kurds are not like the students of Tehran. There are players out there who are itching to hurt Iran, weapons worth a few hundred million dollars from the Saudis is all it takes to bog Iran down in a bloody civil war, a couple of billion (which is pocket change for the Saudis) and it will bring Iran to it's knees, a few more billion and it will guarantee the break up of Iran. Weather the regime likes it or not this is the realty, meet the Kurdish population half way and listen to their grievances, do something to alleviate that instead of sending in the brutal secrete police and army.

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