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Hotel torched, tear gas in streets of Iran's Mahabad

By Rudaw 7/5/2015
Protesters in front of Tara Hotel in Muhabat. Rudaw photo.
Protesters in front of Tara Hotel in Muhabat. Rudaw photo.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Tensions are on edge in the ethnically Kurdish city of Mahabad, Iran, where protesters earlier torched a hotel over the unexplained death one of its female employees.

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. 

At least one protester has been reported injured in the incident that began after the death of Farinaz Khosrawani, 25, who was killed by a fall from the 4th floor of the hotel.

The death was denounced by local demonstrators who suspected foul play. Despite the arrest of a suspect, protesters set fire to part of the hotel.

“The people must wait until the investigation results are out to find out the reason behind Khosrawani's death,” Jaafar Katani, Muhabat mayor,  told Rudaw.

Khosrawani's family agreed withe the investigation but tensions remain high in the city of 280,000 people.

“We are waiting the result of the investigation,” a family member told a Rudaw. 

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Riha | 7/5/2015
Persian investigation into the death of a Kurdish woman with mass protests from Kurds. Means only 1 thing: a filthy Persian wanted to so something to her. Persian investigators of course will make up a fairytale.
Bakir Lashkari
Bakir Lashkari | 7/5/2015
She might be killed by the Iranian Itilahat secret service. The reason not yet known but the people of Mahabad are very Serious about the reason behind this crime against the Kurdish girl!
Good Kurd | 7/5/2015
May God save the Kurds and burn Iran.
Reber | 7/5/2015
Mahabat is the spring of modern secular Kurdish nationalism, Iranian authorities better tred very carefully and not harm the population there. Kurds from all parts of Kurdistan will be following the events with a vigilant eye.
Foad Mahabad | 7/5/2015
Recent Demonstrations in Mahabad, Iranian Kurdistan 79 badly injured. 22 in Police Custody. 9 in life-threating situation in Hospitals. 6 reportedly killed so far. We , the people of Mohabad, appeal to HE Sarook Barzani to mediate peace talks between the Islamic Republic and Iranian Kurdish political opposition groups before affairs get out of control.

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