Two hours later, a large group of residents staged a demonstration in the city's Samen-ol A'emeh Square and prevented government vehicles from entering the area. Unable to disperse the crowd, the Revolutionary Guards and State Security Forces requested reinforcements. A number of young people were injured or arrested in the ensuing clashes.
In the course of the uprising by the people of Abadan, at least 19 protesters were killed and hundreds arrested on Wednesday and Thursday. Yesterday, the state-controlled daily Kayhan admitted the arrest of at least 150 people on the first day of the uprising. The actual number of those detained, however, is much higher, .
Worried by the prospects of continuing unrest and in a bid to set the stage for more suppression and arrests, the mullahs' regime has organized a counter-demonstration at 10:30 am, today, by mobilizing its suppressive forces. To this end, Bassijis, Revolutionary Guards and repressive forces have began arriving in Abadan from other cities in the Province.
The Iranian Resistance calls on relevant international organs and human rights organizations to take urgent and effective action to prevent the continuing suppression and murder of the people of Abadan and save the lives of those arrested.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 7, 2000