Revolutionary Guards set fire to Piranshahr's forest in clashes with local people

In the course of clashes with the people of Piranshahr (western Iran), on Monday, November 9, the Revolutionary Guards fired mortar shells and set fire to large parts of the forest in this city. Fire began when Revolutionary Guards followed dissidents in to the forest in "Jabr Hussein" region to kill or arrest them.

In the course of this fire which continued until the next morning, large parts of this forest and 120 acres of pasture were completely destroyed.

The clashes followed a demonstration in Piranshahr two weeks ago on Wednesday October 28, when the Guards Corps opened fire on people killing a 7-year-old child and wounding a large number of people. Several thousand people demonstrated in protest to the murder of a 20-year-old man by the State Security Force.

People attacked and heavily damaged the Governor's office and the headquarters of the State Security Force in Piranshahr. Since then, unrest and sporadic clashes have continued throughout the city.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
November 11, 1998

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