People of Isfahan clash five hours with Guards Corps

An extensive clash broke out between local residents on the one hand and the Guards Corps and State Security Force's anti-riot forces on the other, on Isfahan's Zeinabieh street, Tuesday afternoon, November 24, reports from Iran say.

A large group of people in the area staged a demonstration around 4:00 p.m. to protest shortage of kerosene at the start of winter season and the officials' inaction to alleviate this problem. They chanted "death to Khamenei," "death to Khatami."

Anti-riot forces opened fire to disperse the crowd and violently attacked the protesters with batons, but failed to break their strong resistance and disperse them. Authorities dispatched four water cannons to disperse the crowd at 7 p.m., but the protesters attacked and set two of them ablaze.

The clash continued for at least five hours. A large number of people were wounded and many more arrested.

The next day, a large of number of plain-clothes Guards and Intelligence Ministry agents took positions throughout the area to maintain control.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
November 26, 1998

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