Protests in the impoverished Sistan-Baluchestan province began in Saravan, Feb 24, 2021. (Supplied)

May 11, 2021

Narcotics forces in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan fatally shot a Baluch child today in Iranshahr.

The child was identified as five-year-old Meisam Narouie. A short video of his lifeless body in the arms of his mother, who was crying out “God, my child” in Baluchi was published by Baluch social media channels.

Other amateur videos showed security forces opening fire on Baluch locals who had gathered at a checkpoint in Mohammadan, Iranshahr, to protest the killing of the Baluch child.

According to Baluch media, tensions are high in the area with angry locals protesting the death of Meisam Narouie. Internet disruptions have also been reported in the area.

This is not an isolated case. On May 8, narcotics forces opened fire on Reza Hosseini, a professor at the Suran Azad University in Sistan and Baluchestan Province. Reza was driving to Zahedan for his wife’s treatment when narcotic forces opened fire and flattened all his tires which stopped the car. Despite the unmoving car, the forces then shot Reza, severely wounding him in the head and neck. The professor was taken to the hospital and is currently in a coma.

The last round of protests in Sistan and Baluchestan started in Saravan on February 22 and continued for five days when the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) opened fire on fuel carriers who had gathered to protest a ban by the Guards to trade their fuel in neighboring Pakistan. Protesters stormed a Governor’s Office and IRGC bases and torched police vehicles.

INW

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