Iranian Arab activists arrested, whereabouts unknown

IranWire can report that security forces arrested two Iranian Arab activists last week and transferred them to an unknown location.

Heavily armed forces raided Ali Ghazi’s home in the southern Iranian city of Mulasani on Wednesday, November 9, and violently arrested him, sources tell IranWire. No information is available on his fate.

Security forces also confiscated his electronic devices. Ghazi is a civil and cultural rights activist in the Arab-dominated province of Khuzestan.

Saeed Havali, another well-known civil activist and Arab singer in Mulasani, was also arrested after armed officers stormed his home last week.

Security forces have arrested hundreds of protesters and killed dozens in Ahvaz, Abadan, Shadgan, Mahshahr, Dezful and Behbahan over the past three months.

The latest wave of protests, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody, has become one of the boldest challenges to the country’s leaders since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

During the protests, women waved their headscarves in the air and burned them, in opposition to Iran’s conservative dress codes.

At least 300 people were killed during the mostly peaceful protests, including 40 children, according to a human rights organization. Several thousand people were arrested.

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