Several Azerbaijani Activists were Arrested in Ardebil and Tabriz

At least 5 Activists from Azerbaijan were Arrested in Tabriz and Ardabil.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, residents of Tabriz, Davood Shiri, Ayoub Shiri, Roozbeh Piri, and Yashar Piri, residents of Tabriz, were arrested by security forces at their homes or workplaces and taken to an unknown location on Sunday, November 17th, 2019.

Also, on the same day, Meysam Jolani, a Turkish (Azerbaijani) activist living in Ardebil, was beaten and arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

According to informed sources, Ayoub Shiri and Davood Shiri were arrested at their workplace around 10 AM on Sunday morning and Roozbeh Piri and Yashar Piri were also arrested at their home in Tabriz.

Security officials also seized some of their personal belongings during the arrest. In the follow-up by the detainees’ close relatives in Tabriz, they were told that they had been arrested “for commotion charge”.

No information is available on the whereabouts of the detainees yet.

In recent days, especially on Sunday, security forces raided the homes of several Turkish (Azerbaijani) activists but failed to detain them due to their absence. After searching the homes, security officials seized many of their personal belongings.

Protests against the 300% increase in gas prices started on Friday, November 15th, 2019, and intensified in the following days.

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds injured in the protests, as well as thousands arrested by security forces in various cities across Iran.

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