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Clashes in Iran between people and Security Forces in first week of revolution anniversary

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Feb. 13 – Thousands of people flooded the streets of Mahabad (northwest Kurdistan province in Iran) this morning, clashing violently with State Security Forces after days of gas, water, and electricity interruptions. According to local residents, household gas has been cut off in the town for the past four days, electricity has been out for more than 24 hours, and water was repeatedly cut off for several hours at a time
over the past day. Iran Focus

Tehran, Feb. 13 – Thousands of people flooded the streets of Mahabad (northwest Kurdistan province in Iran) this morning, clashing violently with State Security Forces after days of gas, water, and electricity interruptions.

According to local residents, household gas has been cut off in the town for the past four days, electricity has been out for more than 24 hours, and water was repeatedly cut off for several hours at a time over the past day.

Protestors gathered in front of government offices, complaining that there as extreme shortage of bread as bakeries could not provide them during the energy blackout.

Temperatures in Mahabad have reportedly dropped to as low 15 degrees below freezing over the past few days.

The demonstration quickly turned into a mass rally and youths set fire to banners and poster celebrating the 26th anniversary of the revolution that toppled the monarchy and brought to power Iran’s turbaned clerics, residents reported.

Mahabad residents complained that the price of bread on the black-market had increased to 2,000 rials.

SSF agents, plainclothes police, and members of the Bassij (Iran’s paramilitary police) attacked the demonstrators with clubs and batons, arresting at least ten individuals, as residents shouted slogans against the Iranian regime.

Eye-witnesses reported that at least two plainclothes policemen were injured during the ensuing clashes.

Schools in Mahabad have been shut down during the blackout.

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