IRAN: Suppressive forces destroy Sunni mosque in Tehran

The Iranian regime on Wednesday destroyed a Sunni prayer hall in the capital Tehran, the National Council of Resistance of Iran reported.

In the early hours of the day on Wednesday, suppressive forces (police), raided and destroyed the Sunni ‘Poonak’ prayer hall in Tehran and  further searched the premises of the mosque’s Sunni imam Abdullah Moussa-Zadeh and confiscated his mobile phone.

Sunni Muslims in Tehran have been prevented from using the Poonak prayer hall. In Tehran there is no Mosque for Sunni Muslims.

According to the report, the prayer hall’s destruction drew immediate criticisms from Iranian Sunni leaders. Mowlavi Abdulhamid, the Sunni imam in the city of Zahedan, south-eastern Iran, sent letters of protest to the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and to the regime’s President Hassan Rouhani condemning the raid.

In his letter to Rouhani, Abdulhamid wrote: “Intolerance towards even a single ordinary prayer hall and its destruction in a city that does not allow Sunnis to build a mosque … not only hurts the sentiments of Iran’s Sunni community, but also offends all Muslims of the world.”

The regime’s security forces have on numerous occasions prevented the Sunni Iranians from holding prayers in particular during the religious Eid festivals.

Meanwhile, the Iranian regime on Thursday hanged five prisoners, including a woman, in the south-eastern city of Kerman, and it executed another prisoner in the city of Ardebil, north-west Iran, according to the NCRI.

Another man was hanged Thursday morning in the central prison of Ardebil, according to the state-run Tasnim news agency.

Three other death-row prisoners in the southern city of Bandar Abbas were on Thursday transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their imminent execution.

The mullahs’ regime on Wednesday hanged a 43-year-old mother in a prison in the city of Karaj, in Alborz Province, north-west of Tehran.

The woman, identified as Ms. Pari-Dokht Molai-Far, was hanged in the notorious Qezelhesar Prison. The mother of one had been imprisoned in the notorious Qarchak Prison for Women in the city of Varamin for the past three years and was transferred to Qezelhesar to face execution.

Qarchak Prison, also referred to as ‘Qarchak Death Camp’, was used by the Iranian regime as a place to brutally torture and rape those arrested during the 2009 anti-regime popular protests. The death of at least four young protesters under torture in Qarchak turned into a scandal for the Iranian regime.

Also on Wednesday, the mullahs’ regime hanged three men in a public square in Karaj. The three men, who were not named, were hanged at dawn.

At least 37 prisoners have been executed in Iran in the past nine days, the equivalent of more than four executions per day.

Faced with escalating popular discontent and unable to respond to the rightful demands of the majority of the Iranian people who are living under the poverty line, the religious fascism ruling Iran – dubbed the ‘godfather of ISIS’ by the Iranian people – is ramping up suppression, the NCRI said.