Hundreds denounce crackdown on Azeri culture in north-west Iran
TUESDAY, 03 AUGUST 2010
Tabriz, Aug. 03 - Hundreds of people in the north-western Iranian city
of Tabriz, provincial capital of East Azerbaijan, staged a public
demonstration against the denial of the right to learn the Azeri
language in schools and promote Azeri culture.
The protests began in the city’s Sa’at (Clock) Square on Sunday
despite heavy police presence. Plainclothes agents failed to
intimidate the protesters.
The demonstrators chanted “Long live Azerbaijan” and “People of
Azerbaijan will not accept humiliation”.
As the protesters marched towards the Governor’s Office, they were
attacked by anti-riot forces riding on motorbikes. More than a dozen
protestors were arrested.