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Two Ahwazis arrested by Iranian intelligence


Iranian intelligence arrested two Ahwazi Arabs in Hamidiya City this week, according to a report by the Ahwazna website.

Ali Ghanem Aloodeh (married, 27 years old) and Abbod Sahi Manbohi (32 years old) were arrested on 21 October. Manbohi is the brother of Ali Manbohi, a political prisoner exiled to a prison in Jiroft city, Kerman province.

The Iranian regime fears that the advent of Eid al-Adha could be used by Ahwazi Arabs to protest against the regime. Eid has traditionally been a time for Arabs to assert their distinct culture and call for political rights, including the right to self-determination. Past protests have been put down with brutal force by the security services. This year, public prayer attendance is being strictly controlled and arrests are being made to intimidate and pre-empt Ahwazi protests.