Angry locals stormed the Saravan Governor’s Office this morning following a fatal attack by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) against Baluch residents in the Southeastern city.
Initial amateur video footage showed the family and relatives of the killed and wounded residents gathered outside the Saravan Governor’s Office. Other videos showed the locals storming the building breaking the windows and the doors. Reports said that officials fled the Office.
The footage showed upturned tables and broken chairs and shards of glass littering the floor of the Office. Locals also blocked the road leading to an IRGC Base with burning tires. Other footage showed a burning police car torched by the protesters.
Feb. 22 – Sistan and Baluchestan border region, SE #Iran
Report: IRGC forces clashed with Baluch locals who carry fuel over the border. Initial unconfirmed reports indicate that at least 8 people were killed and dozens were wounded and were taken to hospital. pic.twitter.com/WWCirmzH3N
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) February 22, 2021
Clashes ensued between locals and security forces. Security forces shot tear gas and bullets at protesters on the streets of Saravan.
Feb. 23 – Saravan, SE #Iran
Angry locals torched a police car today after the IRGC attacked Baluch "fuel carriers" killing at least 8 people and wounding dozens. #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/4Of7fBrNpp
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) February 23, 2021
Yesterday, several of the Baluch locals who carry fuel across the border gathered outside the IRGC base to protest the blocking of the border, demanding that it be reopened. The IRGC has dug large holes on the border to prevent Baluch fuel carriers from crossing the border. The IRGC responded with bullets.
The Baluch Activists Campaign confirmed the identity of three of the killed Baluch residents but quoted an eyewitness as saying that “more than 50 people were killed and/or wounded”.
The report said the IRGC also torched several cars belonging to the fuel carriers and that the forces used machine guns against locals.
Locals posted the images of the residents who were killed on social media.
Source » irannewswire