Iran: Sunni homes attacked by Iranian regime forces in northwestern city

The Iranian regime’s suppressive forces have attacked a number of Sunni residences and followers of the Allameh Moftizadeh order in Seqez. So far 10 people have been arrested.

According to Harana news agency, on August 19 and 20, the regime’s Special Guards, intelligence operatives, State Security Forces (SSF) and plainclothes agents attacked people attending a special Sunni religious ceremony for Ramadan at homes belonging to followers of Ahmad Moftizadeh (a Quran school). People were beaten with batons and six were taken to undisclosed locations.

At 14:00 local time on Thursday, August 19, intelligence agents raided people’s houses and confiscated their belongings such as CDs, books, papers, pictures, home and car ownership documents, identification cards and birth certificates.

On August 21, intelligence and security agents once again raided the houses of detainees and arrested four more individuals, taking them to unknown locations.

During a third raid which lasted from 17:00 to 23:00 local time on the same day, at least 1,000 suppressive agents, including special guards, plainclothes agents, and anti-riot female units, laid a siege on residential areas, indiscriminately breaking home windows and doors to instill fear in the community.

On August 26, regime’s forces prevented the holding of religious ceremonies once again from 17:00 to 20:30 local time, according to reports.

Some of the people arrested on Thursday, August 19, were: 1. Naser Zamanian, a bank employee; 2. Mohammad Jamal Habaki, a high school chemistry teacher in Seqez; 3. Salar Tofiqpour; 4. Mokhtar Mohammadi; 5. Aboubakr Eshqi; and 6. Jamal Moradi.

Some of the people arrested on Saturday, August 21, were: 1. Ali Esmaili, retired; 2. Mohammad Taher Soltani Ardalan; 3. Mostafa Mohammadi, retired; 4. Hamed Jalali, a high school chemistry teacher in Seqez.

Previously in 2007, during the month of Ramadan, more than 600 followers of the Allameh Moftizadeh school were detained in various parts of Kurdistan province simply because they were Sunnis. They were also not allowed to hold any religious ceremonies.

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