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Heavy Clashes at Qoba Mosque in Shiraz

Pressmeddelande   •   Sep 03, 2010 19:26 CEST

Several sources report that clashes between plainclothes forces and students of Ayatollah Dastgheib were reported at Qoba mosque in Shiraz. As Ayatollah Dastgheib predicted, following the Qods Day rally, plainclothes forces were led to Qoba mosque. The people at Qoba mosque contacted the police and told them of the planned attack. The police declined to send forces to the potential clash scene and instead only set fences around the mosque.

The plainclothes forces, who reportedly number between 200 and 300, broke down the fences, broke the mosque door, and attacked Ayatollah Dastgheib’s students.

People who were inside the mosque were unable to leave, and since there was no access to medical supplies, they began to help the injured students by tending to their wounds with materials they had available.

The number of people injured in the attack is currently unknown. Ayatollah Datsgheib’s supporters living outside Shiraz have no other way of supporting him but to spread the news.

Editor’s Note: Ayatollah Dastgheib is a reformist cleric who is also the representative of Shiraz in Iran’s Assembly of Experts. He has also publicly criticized the results of the tenth presidential election and subsequent crackdown on protesters. In the past year, supporters of Ayatollah Dastgheib have been attacked in Qoba mosque numerous times by regime forces.