People purchase goods ahead of the Nowruz festival at a bazaar in Teheran, capital of Iran, March 19, 2010. (Xinhua)

March 27, 2021

Kurdish human rights activists have reported the arrest of a number of Kurdish citizens by the Iranian security forces, allegedly for taking part in Nowruz celebrations.

According to the Kurdish news website Hengaw, four residents of the village of Ney in the county of Marivan, Kurdistan province, were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday this week after being summoned by the intelligence services.

Hengaw gave the detainees’ names as Jamal Gerami, Aram Nikopi, Salman Afra, and Sivan Parto and said all four had been charged in connection with holding Nowruz gatherings.

Elsewhere a man named Sarvak Abolghasemi was arrested in the same period in the city of Sanandaj, while four people were arrested on the same charges in Oshnavieh. There have also been as-yet unconfirmed reports of the arrests of nine other citizens in Saghez.

Iran Wire

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