Faranak Farid, an Iranian women's rights activist, poet and translator, was arrested yesterday in Tabriz. Farid was arrested after yesterday's protests against government inaction regarding the drying of Lake Oroumiyeh.
The Human Rights Reporters Committee reports that Farid was arrested upon leaving her home on an errand. Her home was searched, the report indicates, and officials gave no reason for her arrest.
Iranian security forces violently confronted demonstrations in Tabirz and Oroumiyeh on Saturday, and reports indicate several protesters were arrested.
Lake Urmia (Orumieh) is a
salt lake in northwestern Iran near Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of
East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, west of the southern portion of the
similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake inside Iran, and the third
salt water lake on earth, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km square
(2,000 mile square).