Riots killed 20 people; main organizers detained: Police

from Press TV

The main plotters of recent scattered riots in some Iranian towns and cities have been identified and arrested, a police spokesman says.

General Saeed Montazer-al-Mahdi said on Sunday that a few “deceived elements” and “rioters” who breached the country’s security and damaged private and public property had been taken care of and the agitation was over.

“The people and protesters who had rightful demands were separated in the minimum time possible from the organizers and those directing [the riots] and the violators were identified and arrested,” he said.

Among the detainees, he said, are those who disrespected Iran’s national flag and steered a fire engine into the crowd of people in the western city of Doroud, killing a father and his son.

A total of 20 people, including a police officer, lost their lives in the violence, he said.

Those detained were handed over to judicial authorities who have released most of them, only holding the main culprits and saboteurs…

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