The Al-Takat Party of Al-ahwaz demonstrated peacefully on Saturday to commemorate the first anniversary of the April 2005 intifada. More than 150 Ahwazis participated in the protest in Al-Grane (Shiban area), which quickly spread to the Hay Al-Thora and Hay Al-Malashya districts.
The protestors flew the UN flag alongside the Ahwazi flag to appeal for UN involvement to end ethnic cleansing. State security forces broke up the demonstrations. They also carried a banner with the letters "UNPO", referring to the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation which has been lobbying on behalf of the Ahwazi rights at an international level.
The British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS) has obtained a video clip of the demonstration in Al-Grane - right-click here and save to view the clip.
Hamidiya city also saw a demonstration by Ahwazis, who reportedly clashed with security forces and set light to government buildings and the Saderat Bank. BAFS has received a report of one unconfirmed death during the unrest.