Committee of Human Rights Reporters – On Friday April 12th, a 15-year old Ahwazi teenager by the name of Morteza Soweidi was killed by a gunshot to his head, and security forces arrested two citizens during a demonstration against the demolition of residential homes.
According to CHRR, security forces arrived with bulldozers in the Seyed Mousa area where the teenager lived to resume the illegal destruction of Ahwazi homes, prompting the residents to demonstrate against the demolitions. After Morteza Soweidi who lived at his home in the absence of his parents lost his life when he was struck in the head by a bullet, a clash ensued and security officials arrested two of the dead teenager’s relatives.
Other relatives who were contacted by CHRR confirmed that 15-year old Morteza Soweidi lost his life by the gunshot wound and named the perpetrator of the killing as Colonel Chabok Sawar.
As a result of extreme poverty in the Ahvaz region, during the past years many destitute Ahwazi Arab citizens have resorted to building cheap homes without obtaining the proper permits. Reports have been published about the oppression of citizens during the demolition process in these areas.