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Weekend events in Ahwaz

The Ahwaz intifada is becoming increasingly organised, with Ahwazi Arabs defending themselves with arms following the killing of more than 130 demonstrators since the uprising began on 15 May.

On Saturday night, an armed group attacked an army convoy while it was heading toward the city of Sabe Tallal (in Farsi Haft Tappeh). According to reports, four army officers were killed in the attack. In Syyahi, two security force vehicles were set alight. Four police stations were attacked in Falahiya, injuring four policemen, while in Abadan tyres were set alight by Ahwazi Arab protestors.

Local Ahwazi Arabs destroyed a sugar refinery in Meenaw, which was founded by former President Rafsanjani and a candidate for the forthcoming presidential elections. The plant had been closed since Friday due to fears of attack.

The authorities are continuing to round up and arrest peaceful demonstrations. Around 70 people were arrested in Ahwaz City on Saturday, with a further 50 people arrested in the city of Al-Mohammara (Khorramshahr).