Thursday, May 17, 2012

Protests In Sunni-Majority Iranian Province Turn Deadly

Iran on edge…

Tensions are running high in a southeastern Iranian province with a majority Sunni population after a protest against the recent arrest of local religious figures ended in bloodshed.


At least one person was killed and two injured after police forces opened fire on the protesters, who had gathered in the city of Rask in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province on May 14. According to reports, they were demonstrating against the recent arrests of the son of the city's Friday Prayers leader and other Sunni clerics.


Sunni Muslims make the majority of the population in Sistan-Baluchistan but make up only about 10 percent of the population in Shi'a-dominated Iran overall.
Iran's officials and state media have not reported on the unrest. But SunniOnline, a website that covers news about Iran's Sunni minority, wrote that police opened fire on protesters, resulting in the death of a man identified as Jan Mohammad Dehghani. His funeral was reportedly held on May 15.

Protests In Sunni-Majority Iranian Province Turn Deadly

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