Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Clashes in Ahvaz during the Feast of Sacrifice*

Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzzi.
According to several of the regime-run news agencies, on Wednesday, January 11th civilians and the regimes brutal disciplinary forces in the city of Ahvaz (Province of Khuzestan) clashed, after the prayers for the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice*. Harassed civilians took to chanting anti-regime slogans in the face of their attackers. READ MORE

The youth were especially targeted and received the worst of the beatings. The confrontation lasted two hours. As usual, in an attempt to discredit the demonstrators and cover-up the level of people’s hatred for the regime, they have announced this to be the work of "separatists”.

* This is a Muslim feast that takes place at the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca. The "Feast of Sacrifice" pays tribute to the prophet Abraham's act of sacrificing his son, Ishmael, to God. In turn, God spared the boy's life and instead substituted a sheep. Now, in remembrance, people sacrifice a lamb, goat or other animals.