Fresh protests claim more victims in southern Iran

File photo showing protest in Iran (AFP)
Updated 17 May 2018
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Fresh protests claim more victims in southern Iran

  • Residents of Kazroon have staged several demonstrations to protest new administrative changes.
  • One person was killed and six others injured in a crackdown on protesters.

LONDON: At least one person was killed in Iran's southern city of Kazeroon when protesters set fire to a police station, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday.
Fars said the protest on Wednesday night had left at least one dead and at least six others wounded. Kazeroon has witnessed protests in recent months against a decision to split the province administratively. Videos of the protests were widely circulated Wednesday on social media.

Tehran government officials announced recently that they have withdrawn projects to redraw the administrative map of some regions acoording to Fars news agency. Calm had returned to Kazeroom for 2 weeks according to the Iranian semi official news agency until the Wednesday incidents. The protests in Kazeroom are the last in a string of protests that hit Iran mainly complaining about the high cost of living in the country.


Egypt arrests activist Hazem Abdel-Azim, former El-Sisi supporter

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Egypt arrests activist Hazem Abdel-Azim, former El-Sisi supporter

  • Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist has been detained

CAIRO: Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist has been detained, the latest in a new wave of arrests since presidential elections earlier this year.
The officials say Hazem Abdel-Azim was taken from his home in a Cairo suburb late Saturday on accusations that include disseminating false news and belonging to an outlawed group.
Abdel-Azim has been known for his harsh criticism of the government since he left President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s campaign in the 2014 elections.
The officials spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to media.
Egypt has arrested a number of secular activists since El-Sisi was re-elected in March in a vote in which he faced no serious challengers.
The latest arrests come amid a wider crackdown on dissent in which thousands of people have been jailed.