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An Ahwazi Arab citizen sets fire to himself in front of Mohammareh’s governor

According to resources from Mohammareh city that quoted to Ahwazi Centre for Human Right (ACHR), An Ahwazi Arab citizen sets fire to himself due to the horrific conditions imposed on him by the criminal Iranian authorities.


Younis Asakereh 34, married and has two children sets fire on himself on Saturday 14-March-2015 after Mohammareh ‘s municipality forces destroyed his fruit stall and prevent him from selling the fruit where this stall is the only source of sustenance.


Municipal officers attacked the stalls of vendors after the governor of Mohammareh “Valiolah Hayati” ordered to remove all stalls to make arrangements for “Rahyan Noor” convoys. By getting closer to Iranian new year, “Rahyan Noor” convoys from different cities each year are coming to Al-Ahwaz by the Iranian government financial support, in order to make them familiarize with Arab region for further providing accommodation and job opportunity to change the Arabic demography of Al-Ahwaz.

Younis lived in a rented house, and his rental agreement finished recently and the landlord asked him to evacuate the house.  Mr. Asakereh was transferred to intensive care and his condition is very serious.

Medical sources from Mohammareh hospital confirmed that Younis Asakereh’s burns reached to more than seventy percent.

This is not first time that Ahwazi Arab citizens sets fire on themself due to poor living conditions where Madhi Hadi Mojadam (32) on 16-April-2013 waited for the Governor to leave his office and dowsed himself in petrol before setting himself alight. Security guards took him to the nearby Taleghani hospital.

Mojadam lives in Char-sad-dastgah in Sepidar, one of the most deprived areas of Ahwaz City. His family has been threatened by the authorities not to disclose the news and his hospital room is under the control of the security services. The authorities fear that news coverage of his self-immolation could prompt civil unrest in Al-Ahwaz.

Self-immolation is a non-violent method of resistance that has been increasingly used by Tibetans resisting Chinese occupation; over 100 Tibetans have set themselves alight and 40 have died as a result since 2009. Mojadam is the fifteenth reported self-immolation in connection with the Arab Spring uprisings.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Right


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