On the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s tragic passing on September 16, security forces apprehended twelve individuals in various cities across Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, subsequently transferring them to undisclosed locations.
The detained individuals include Mostafa Mohammad-Hosseini, Benyamin Afra, Alireza Foroohar, Samad Pourshah, Sam Bijan-Nejad, Reza Moradi-Nejad, Amir Nategh (arrested in Yasuj), Farzaneh Moeini, Mohammad Moeini, Farhad Charamin, Dariush Parisaie (arrested in Dehdasht), and Davoud Haddadi (arrested in Bahmai).
The current whereabouts of these individuals and the specific charges against them remain unknown. Notably, Benyamin Afra and Dariush Parisaie have previously encountered arrests and legal confrontations due to their activism during the nationwide protests in 2022.
It is essential to highlight that on the anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s tragic death while in detention, scattered protests unfolded in several cities across the country. Explore HRANA’s report on the events of this day.
The prosecutor of the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province announced that more than 100 citizens were arrested on on Sunday, June 20, the day of local elections in Yasuj city.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Tabnak News, the rally turned violent after security forces intervened.
Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Provincial Prosecutor Seyyed Ali Malek Hosseini stated, “On the day of the elections, we had more than 100 detainees aligned with different political views, groups, and families of candidates.”
Hosseini described the secret to success in the previous election cycle, and how the same principles had been applied to Sunday’s demonstrations.
“The key to success in the 2019 election was that the security was our first priority,” Hosseini said. “So we arrested the governor’s representative and closely observed officers of the ballot box.”
But not all agreed with these tactics. Fararo news website published a report that called the Yasuj local elections controversial. The report stated, “The story of the controversial elections of the city locals in Yasuj stems from problems in the electronic voting system; the announcement of the list of election winners were delayed and suspicions of fraud were raised.”
The identities of the arrested citizens are still unknown.