Violent protest leaves 1 dead in south Iran
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Violent protest leaves 1 dead in south Iran

Kazeroon, home to Qashqai tribe, previously the scene of peaceful rallies against local government decision to divide city

Protests in Kazeroon, Iran on May 17, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)
Protests in Kazeroon, Iran on May 17, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported that a violent protest in the southwest city of Kazeroon left at least one person dead and six others injured.

The report said protesters also set fire to a police station.

Fars said a “small number” of protesters gathered Wednesday night in Kazeroon, some 900 kilometers (560 miles) south of Tehran.

The city has been the scene of peaceful protests against a local government decision to divide some districts of the city and merge them into a new town.

Authorities had promised the separation would not take place following previous protests.

Kazeroon, population nearly 150,000, is the home to the Qashqai tribe, some of whom traditionally carry hunting guns.

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