Source: Radio Zamaneh
Iranians took to the streets in Isfahan and Tehran to protest the recent incidents of acid throwing in Isfahan and demand that the authorities provide security for all citizens.
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In Isfahan, reports indicate that more that 2000 people gathered in front of the Justice Department buildings demanding swift action from the government.
Demonstrators in Isfahan also called on city authorities to use their closed circuit cameras installed around all over the city to identify the acid throwers.
In recent weeks in a number of incidents, women have been assaulted with acid, leaving at least one dead and many others struggling with serious burns to their hands and faces.
In Tehran people gathered in front of parliament to demand safety and security for all citizens.
Health Minister Hassan Hashemi examines eyes of acid attack victim Soheila Jorkesh
The authorities have said that according to investigations from the victims, the assailant appears to be a single individual.
Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, head of the country's security forces told ISNA that foreign media have tried to link the incidents to hijab and the Islamic dress code in public, but he stressed: "The victims are pious individuals from religious families."
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Public discontent prompts wave of arrests in Isfahan
Under heat from the public, Isfahan police have rounded up 50 people with a prior history of offences. The police announced that the detainees, described as some of the "thugs and hoodlums" of the city, were arrested today, Wednesday October 22, in different parts of the city. Their prior offences reportedly involve "causing fear in public", "causing nuisance", "causing injury (such as cutting noses or ears), "assault" and "the sale of small amounts of drugs."
The police announced that these arrests are in connection with the recent acid-throwing incidents in the city, adding that they will soon release an update in the media.
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