Iranian security forces on Tuesday demolished four homes belonging to members of the persecuted minority Baha’i sect in the Sari region in the country’s north.
The Baha’i International Community Representative Office in a statement said that at least 200 Iranian officials and local agents sealed off the village of Roushankouh, in Mazandaran province, and demolished homes with heavy earthmoving equipment.
The community said that security forces blocked roads into and out of the village and also arrested and handcuffed anyone who tried to film the incident.
“Neighbors have been warned to stay in their homes and also the security forces have established fences to prevent the entry of Baha’is to their own homes,” the community said.
Diane Ala’i, a Baha’i International Community Representative to the United Nations, said that 100 villagers were arrested in recent weeks.
Ala’i added that Baha’is in Roushankouh village were targeted many times while their lands were confiscated and homes demolished.
The current ruling Shiite system in Iran is hostile to the Baha’i because they are Sunni Muslims.
Since the establishment of the Iranian Shiite Islamic government, hundreds of Baha’is have been put in jails, refused work, and university education.
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