Tehran's top security commander appointed to Fars Province

Following the uprising of the people of Nayriz and Abadeh-Tashk in the southern province of Fars, in an attempt to thwart the spread of the protests, the mullahs' regime appointed the Commander of the State Security Forces in the Greater Tehran to head the forces in Fars Province.

As one of the highest ranking commanders of the Guards Corps and the State Security Forces, Guards Corps Brigadier General Youssef Reza Abolfat'hi has been directly involved in the massacre of the people of Tehran, including the bloody suppression of the uprising in Islamshahr in April 1995. Abolfat'hi was also personally involved in the slaughter and torture of thousands of resistance activists. He was one of the officials in charge of setting fire to Tehran's Evin prison in July 1994.

Last week, the people of Nayriz and Abadeh-Tashk staged protests against the clerical regime's policies, closed down the shops and Bazaar, and set fire to the Governor's building in Nayriz. The riots continued for a week and reached their peak on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 12 and 13. The Director of Intelligence and the Governor of Fars and more than 3,000 Guards were dispatched from nearby cities to crack down on the riots.

The regime's Guards opened fire on the demonstrators, killing or wounding at least 100 people which included many women and children. Hundreds more were arrested and their whereabouts remain unknown.

The clashes in Fars Province were so extensive that the state-run press and the official news agency were forced to report them after a two-day delay.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
August 17, 1997

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