Second Dervish Arrested in Dashti Village

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Hadi Karimi, Dashti village resident and member of Iran’s Dervish religious minority, has been arrested and taken to an undisclosed location, Majzooban Noor reported.

The Dervish-interest news agency reported that Karimi was taken away around 8 p.m. on Monday in Dashti, Isfahan province, when four plainclothes officers pulled up to the village’s body shop in a Samand vehicle and swarmed him.

The identities of the agents and the reason behind Karimi’s arrest remain unknown. It is speculated that his arrest is connected to violent clashes that took place in Tehran this past February, when scores of Dervishes were arrested during protests of restrictions being placed on their spiritual leader, Noor Ali Tabandeh.

Karimi’s detainment marks this summer’s second instance of Dervishes being arrested in Dashti village. On July 3rd, Hossein Ghazavi, also a Dervish, was arrested during a raid on his home in which his personal belongings and spiritual books were confiscated.