Tehran, Iran, Sep. 06 – Iran’s
newly-installed chief of police warned a meeting of his task force
commanders on Tuesday that they had to deal decisively and rapidly with
unrest and protests, or they might turn into international issues.
“The slightest disturbance that happens in society can turn into an
international affair”, Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam told his senior officers. “So the response by
the State Security Forces must be extremely fast and accurate”.
Ahmadi Moghaddam was
referring to a string of reports in the international press in recent weeks
on the heavy-handed suppression of anti-government protests in several
Iranian cities and towns, particularly in the regions of Kurdistan, Khuzistan, and Baluchistan, home to Iran’s ethnic
Kurds, Arabs and Baluchis.
The police commander announced last week that as of Tuesday, the para-military police would launch a joint campaign
along with various other security apparatus to crack down on
“trouble-makers” in the country.