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Iran clamps down on Arab protests

Iranian police have arrested at least 12 people in connection with fresh protests in Khuzestan province. Iranian media said the unrest was sparked when people took to the streets after being tricked by local conmen. However, a UK-based Arab separatist leader is quoted by Reuters saying that protests are building up to mark the 100th day after the April protests in which five people were killed in riots spurred by reports that Tehran wanted to change the ethnic balance of the area, home to about 2m ethnic Arabs. Mahmoud Ahmad al-Ahwazi, from the Ahvaz Arab People’s Democratic-Popular Front, told Reuters that four people had been shot dead by police, but it is not possible to verify the claim.The authorities are sensitive to reports of unrest in Khuzestan, which contains most of Iran’s oilfields. Full Story

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