March 17, 2011
Harana news agency:
About 500 people were arrested on Wednesday night, following the fire festivals in Tehran. The vice president of anti-riot forces in Tehran claimed that 64 individuals were injured in the celebrations, and blamed young people for their negligence. He said:” Last night 467 individuals were arrested for causing problems, acting against security and distributing fire crackers. Kalameh reports that Ali Karim (Vice President of anti riot forces) added: “ Last night our officers were able to find more than 461 different type of dangerous fire crackers and 23 handmade grenade and were able to collect them.” He also said:” More than 2000 k.g. of material for making fire crackers have been found by the police as well.” He later on added: “Last night about 64 individual have been injured, 19 of them are in severe condition. It is interesting to note that before the authorities have announced that anyone who gets arrested during the Wednesday night celebration will be held until after the New Year’s holiday is over.