Reported by PMOI/MEK
Iran, July 5, 2019 - The regime in Iran continues to show hostility toward ethnic and religious minorities.
On Thursday in the city of Paveh, Kurdistan Province in western Iran, units of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) opened fire on a group of porters. During the incident, one of the victims by the name of Guran Aziz-Zadeh from the village of Hanigar Mele was killed, and Asir Shahsapandi was critically wounded.
In a similar incident in the Piranshahr border region also in western Iran, the regime's military shot and wounded another porter by the name of Sohrab Khezri.
In 2018, the Iranian regime killed at least 48 porters and injured 104, according to human rights organizations. Porters are mostly in the Kurdish border regions and are one of the most deprived and underprivileged communities in Iran, who carry heavy loads across borders for meager income that is the only source of sustenance for their families. The regime regularly attacks them, wounding and killing them, and destroying their loads. This affects thousands of families whose only source of income is procured through load carrying activities.
In another disgraceful crime, the prison wardens of Zabol’s prison in Sistan Baluchistan province denied Sunni prisoners from holding mass prayers and treated them harshly.
The wardens justified this action by saying that it is ordered by Iran’s Prisons Organization.