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Farnaz Fassihi
Breaking: Iran's State TV confirms mass killings of protestors in marshes. Commander of forces in Mahshahr says they were terrorists hiding in the marshes, they shot our forces & we foiled their plot w/ "brilliance."
تلویزیون دولتی ایران دوشنبه شب در گزارشی کشته شدن شماری از معترضان - که "اغتشاشگر" توصیف کرده - را در عملیات نیروهای امنیتی از جمله در شهرهای ماهشهر، بهبهان و شیراز تایید کرده است.
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Farnaz Fassihi Dec 2
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2/ I interviewed witnesses, including family member & friend of 2 men killed in the marshes, who said the men were unarmed except for one. Among dead a 32 yr father of two & an unemployed 24 yr engineer.
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Farnaz Fassihi Dec 2
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4/ Until now the government had completely denied the killing in the marshes. With the story out, witnesses talking & videos leaking they had to make up a story. Branding ethnic Arabs as terrorists is the most plausible scenario for regime.
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Farnaz Fassihi Dec 2
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3/ A local reporter who investigated the killings confirmed to me they were from the poorest neighborhood, almost all of them ethnic Arab minority & their protests were peaceful. This reporter was banned from telling the story.
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Hagar Hajjar Chemali Dec 2
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This is just heartbreaking
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Observer Dec 2
Corporate state martyrdom for the masses In Iran
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Farnaz Fassihi Dec 2
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5/ If government had nothing to hide, then why was the release of the dead bodies conditional on families signing papers banning them from having funerals & talking to media?
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Farnaz Fassihi Dec 2
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6/ The Arab minority in Khuzestan & Mahshahr are already wounded & furious at the killings. Calling them terrorists & gloating about murdering them will only radicalize them & push them toward armed resistance.
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phyllis orrick Dec 2
A very good book is the marsh Arabs.
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Alisa Renee' Dec 3
Your reporting of this story brought me to tears.
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Arashk Borzoo Dec 3
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Just to note, the government always calls protesters MEK or terrorist if they are killed or captured, they say that to protesters from all over the country not just a specific region
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