The Iranian regime says it has arrested more than 50 Ahwazi Arabs in a clamp-down on anti-government protests in Al-Ahwaz (Khuzestan).
Officials claim the arrests are related to a series of bomb attacks, but the charges against those in custody are not known. The government claims that the latest people seized following massive protests against the persecution of Ahwazi Arabs are insurgents being directed by the British government.
Several figures in Iran, including former reformist presidential candidate Mustafa Moin, have suggested that the bombings are probably the work of the pro-regime Basij militias seeking to strengthen the power of hard-liners within the government.
There have been six executions of Ahwazi Arabs in the past week with three more likely within the next month (click here for report).