Hundreds arrested in the Kurdish city of Mahabad in Iran

Iranian security forces arrested hundreds of Kurdish protesters in the Kurdish city of Mahabad following last week’s protests

Photo by: MEHR
Photo by: MEHR

Updated Jul 28, 2015

More than 400 people have been detained last week in the Kurdish city of Mahabad following protests triggered by the death of a Kurdish girl, the Kurdish opposition party has claimed.

Hussein Yezdan Pena, deputy secretary of outlawed Kurdistan Freedom Party, said on Wednesday that more than 400 people were arrested last week in several cities across the Kurdish region as Iranian security forces tried stopping the protests, reported Al Araby Al Jadid.

The Iranian security forces have used cameras to identify the protesters and then arrested them, added Pena.

Protests erupted on May 4 after Farinaz Khosrawani, 23, was reportedly exposed to sexual harassment by an Iranian security officer at Tarai hotel, where Khosrawani was working. She threw herself from the fourth floor of the hotel and died.

The incident has stirred outrage among Iranian Kurds in the past few days. 

The demonstrations have expanded to the cities of Sanandaj, Bukan, Saqqez and Marivan in the Kurdistan region, local activists have claimed.

The Iranian Interior Minister, Rahmani Fazli, denied the reports, on Tuesday, about the sexual harassment done by one of its security officers.

Iranian authorities have accused two Kurdish opposition parties, Komala and the PDKI, of being the mastermind of the protests. Both parties have officially rejected the accusations.

Iranian security forces have increased security measures and Mahabad residents are under close surveillance.

TRTWorld and agencies