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Iran arrests dissidents in restive oil-rich province

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Oct. 08 – Iranian authorities have recently arrested a large number of dissidents in the south-western province of Khuzistan, according to the country’s hard-line Interior Minister. Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Oct. 08 – Iranian authorities have recently arrested a large number of dissidents in the south-western province of Khuzistan, according to the country’s hard-line Interior Minister.

“A large number of anti-security forces have been arrested over the past few days”, Hojjatoleslam Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi said, the semi-official hard-line daily Jomhouri Islami wrote in its edition that will reach the stands on Sunday.

Pour-Mohammadi, speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony to introduce Khuzistan’s new governor, said that he expected social disruptions in the volatile province to drop sharply.

In September, several people were killed during clashes between anti-government demonstrators and State Security Forces (SSF) in the city of Ahwaz.

Ahwaz, provincial capital of Khuzistan, is home to Iran’s ethnic Arab population and has been a hotbed of anti-government demonstrations.

Dozens of people were reportedly killed in week-long clashes between mainly ethnic Arab protesters and security forces in Ahwaz and several other cities in Khuzistan province in April.

Tehran has accused Britain and Canada of involvement in a series of bombings in the province prior to Iran’s presidential elections in June.

The strategic area holds much of Iran’s oilfields.

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