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October 15, 2013

Raids on Bahai homes in Abadeh: one arrest

Azadi-ye Qalam (Blog), October 14, 2013

On Sunday October 13, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence searched at least ten Bahai homes in and around the town of Abadeh, in Fars province, seizing religious books, PCs and personal effects. An unspecified number of Bahais were summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence, and Mr. Afshin Bulbulan (افشین بلبلان) was arrested. In the area around Abadeh, house searches were made in the villages of Kushkek and Najaf Abad.

Abadeh has a substantial Bahai population. The Bahais there elected their first Local Spiritual Assembly in 1911. Abadeh, Kushkek and Najaf Abad were the scene for an anti-Bahai pogrom in 1901. In 1947-50, when Ayatollah Borojurdi was prioritizing anti-Bahai activities, he sent a number of representatives to the Abadeh area to instigate a systematic and sustained anti-Bahai campaign there, even authorising the murder of Bahais. In July 2007 there was an unusually widespread campaign of anti-Bahai graffiti and vandalism of Bahai-owned property in Abadeh, and in February 2011, billboards around the town carried anti-Bahai posters.

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