Iran's Baha'is Targeted In Arson Attacks
The Baha'i International Community has sounded the alarm over a recent spate of
arson attacks on Baha'i-owned businesses in the city of Rafsanjan in
south-central Iran, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
Diane Ala'i, Baha'i spokeswoman in Geneva
The most recent such attack, on a repair shop, took place on January 2, the
Diane Ala'i, the Baha'i International Community representative to the United
Nations in Geneva, told Radio Farda that since late October 2010, some 12 shops
belonging to the Baha'is in Rafsanjan have been raided and set ablaze, including
a household appliance store and a stationery shop.
She added that some 20 Baha'i homes and businesses in that city have also
received threatening letters in which they were warned against having any
contacts with Muslims. Baha'is were addressed in those letters as "members of
the misguided Baha'ist sect," Ala'i said.
She said there have been similar attacks by security forces in the towns of
Karaj, west of Tehran, and Sari and Semnan in northern Iran.
"But unfortunately, the Iranian authorities -- whether police or local
authorities -- never investigate such events," Ala'i said.
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