Special anti-riot forces, who have been on high alert throughout Khuzistan Province since the Abadan uprising began on Wednesday, attacked the protesters, beating up the young demonstrators with truncheons. As the demonstrators resisted and clashed with the security forces, clashes spread to other neighborhoods in the city.
The first demonstrations began at about 10 pm on Friday in Simetri district. Within an hour, similar protests broke out by young people in Taleghani Avenue, Sevom Khordad Street, and the city’s bazaar neighborhood.
Fearful of a repeat of the mass uprising in Abadan, senior commanders of the State Security Forces and Revolutionary Guards went to the scene of clashes to directly command their forces’ crackdown on protesters.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 8, 2000