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Iran: Rohani's aide slams execution of Kurdish reformists

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The president's special aide for ethnic and religious minority affairs, Ali Younesi, expressed disappointment and concern regarding the recent executions in Kurdistan. The Rooz website reports that Younesi told a meeting of Kurdish reformist figures and other ethnic minority representatives that the executions were carried out "by extremists."


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The report indicates that the administration is unanimously against such actions.

In the past week, political prisoners Habibollah Golparipour, Reza Esmaili and Shirkouh Moarefi were executed. Executions have surged across the country in response to the new moderate central government.

Younesi promised representatives at the meeting to pursue the matter in the "best possible way."

Marivon residents protest Kurdish prisoners' executions

A group of citizens in Marivon staged demonstrations on Tuesday November 6, 2013 to protest the recent executions of Kurdish political prisoners.

An eyewitness told Zamaneh that the demonstrations began with roughly 80 people at around 5PM and grew as they moved along the city streets.

The report indicates that the demonstrators were scattered by security forces using electric batons. Some reports also indicate that at least two demonstrators were arrested.

The sudden surge in executions has triggered concern about the fate of other political prisoners. As well as Kurdish prisoners, there is growing concern that Arab political prisoners in Khuzestan may be in imminent danger of execution.

The execution of the Kurdish prisoners has triggered a reaction from the militant Kurdish dissident group PJAK, which has announced that it will respond to the executions.

There have been several reports of deadly conflict between PJAK and Revolutionary Guards in Kurdistan in the past month.

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