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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Iran clamps down on Arab protests

BBC: 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. Five people were killed in riots last April over reports that Tehran wanted to change the ethnic balance of the area, home to about 2m ethnic Arabs.
The authorities are sensitive to reports of unrest in Khuzestan, which contains most of Iran's oilfields.

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