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TEHRAN, March 28 (AFP) - Protesters went on the rampage in the southern city of Lamerd, burning portraits of the clerical regime's leadership after violent clashes with security forces, the Kayhan paper said Wednesday.

The conservative daily said Tuesday's incidents, in which demonstrators also set fire to government offices and occupied the local airport, intensified after anti-riot police opened fire with tear gas to restore order. "The intervention did not calm demonstrators but instead enraged them, causing major damage to buildings and public property," it said, adding rioters burned holy books as well as portraits of Islamic Iran's founder, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

They also set fire to portraits of his successor, current supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as President Mohammad Khatami, it said.

Residents of Lamerd, in the southern province of Fars, have reportedly been protesting plans to build a gas refining plant in nearby Mohr instead of in Lamerd as originally scheduled.

Another conservative daily, Jomhuri Eslami, said two Hercules C-130 transport planes carrying anti-riot forces had been sent to Lamerd as a precaution against any further unrest.

An interior ministry official cited by the state news agency IRNA earlier Wednesday confirmed that demonstrators had set local government offices ablaze and blocked roads in the city with burning tyres during Tuesday's clashes.

He said protesters had acted "under the impetus of influential people in the region" whom he did not specify and cautioned that they would be "severely punished."

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Protesters set fire to governor's office in Lamerd

BBC Monitoring Service
Mar 28, 2001

Text of report in English by Iranian news agency IRNA

Shiraz, Fars Province, 28 March: Mobs set on fire the headquarters of Lamerd governor in southern Iran on Tuesday [27 March] after they staged a rally to protest plans to relocate a local refinery, a senior provincial official said here Wednesday.

Deputy governor-general of Fars for security affairs Hadi Pazhuhesh told IRNA that the protesters (counted several hundred) had set tires on fire and blocked the streets. He noted that no injuries were reported.

Around noon, the mob entered the local airport and gathered on the runway preventing the landing of a plane from Kuwait.

Officials plan to transfer the Parsian refinery from Lamerd to Mohr, another region in Fars province. Mohr was the site of violent unrest in December over plans to re-classify the region for administrative purposes and annex Mohr to Lamerd.

Pazhuhesh said that relocation of the local refinery has been proposed by the Oil Ministry and that the provincial and local officials have had no intervention in the issue.

He also noted that there is no link between annexation of Mohr to Lamerd and relocation of the refinery.

The official said that the instigators in the incident have been identified to be dealt with.

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Iran says to relocate gas refinery despite riots

TEHRAN, March 28 (Reuters) - Iran's oil ministry said on Wednesday it would go ahead with plans to relocate a gas refinery near the Gulf despite violent public protests.
Mobs went on rampage in the southern town of Lamerd on Tuesday to protest against the plan to transfer the refinery there to the nearby Mohr district.

Lamerd's residents fear the transfer may divert government funds away from their town and hurt job opportunities.

The National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) said in a statement that the transfer was needed for technical reasons, but pledged any tax revenues from the refinery would be distributed in the entire region, located south of Fars province near the Gulf.

"Local authorities should do their utmost to pave the way for the construction of the (new) refinery so there won't be a delay in the project," it said, quoted by the IRNA news agency.

Hadi Pajuhesh, a senior security official in the province, told IRNA that main elements of Tuesday's riot had been identified and would soon be taken to court.

He said the protesters burned tyres on streets in Lamerd and set fire to the governor's office. But no one was hurt, he said.

Dozens of people were wounded in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in the area last December, following an administrative dispute between Lamerd and Mohr.

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Khatami sends more Militians to crackdown on Lamerd residents

March 29, 2001

Hundreds of militians have been sent, today, to join the Security forces present in Lamerd and its neighboring cities in the southern province of Fars. Sources have confirmed the Air-transfer of these militians, by C-130
cargo planes, from Tehran Mehrabad Airport (Military section).

Latest reports are stating about an organized man hunt, in Lamerd and its neighboring cities, in order to arrest all the filmed demonstrators who participated in the violent unrests which rocked this town for 2 consecutive days.

Sources within the Islamic republic intelligence are stating that, so far, 140 youths have been arrested and that the publication of a false news about the burning of Religious books is intending to justify their future executions, as several of them, were already identified as "Trouble makers" during the first riot of Lamerd which happened months ago.

Several of the arrested have been tortured in order to extract false confessions about their so-called link to foreign sources and their rejection of the Islamic religion.

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Forty arrested over riots in Iranian town

TEHRAN, March 29 (Reuters) - At least 40 people have been arrested for taking part in riots in an Iranian town this week over plans to relocate a gas refinery, state television reported on Thursday. It said the suspects had a central role in the riots on Tuesday in the southern town of Lamerd, where mobs attacked public buildings and set fire to the local governor's office.

They were protesting against a government plan to move a refinery project from Lamerd to the nearby town of Mohr. The two under-developed towns, located near the Gulf, have been competing for government-funded projects to create more jobs.

It was the second violent protest reported in Lamerd since last December, when dozens of demonstrators were wounded in clashes with security forces.

A judiciary official in Lamerd told the official IRNA news agency more than 80 people had been identified as having a role in recent unrest in the region and that they were being sought.

The National Iranian Gas Company has sought to justify the transfer of the refinery project from Lamerd on technical grounds. It says the project would go ahead as planned.

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Iran arrests 27 after unrest in the south

TEHRAN, March 29 (AFP) - Iran on Thursday arrested 27 rioters who went on a rampage earlier this week in the southern city of Lamerd, and officials said further arrests were to come, state radio reported. Local judiciary official Abdolreza Sadri-Nejad said more than 80 people had been identified in connection with Tuesday's incidents, when protesters sacked government offices.

"If they were fighting and resisting the Islamic regime, then these defendants will be punished," he said, adding that the remaining protesters would be arrested in the coming days.

Security forces clashed Tuesday with residents protesting plans to build a gas refining plant in nearby Mohr instead of in Lamerd as originally scheduled, the Kayhan paper said Wednesday.

Demonstrators occupied Lamerd airport and set fire to government offices.

The Jomhuri Eslami daily said anti-riot forces had been flown into Lamerd as a precaution against any further unrest.

An interior ministry official said Wednesday protesters had acted "under the impetus of influential people in the region," whom he did not specify, and cautioned that they would be "severely punished."

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Residents of southern town demonstrate outside Presidential Building

BBC Monitoring Service
Apr 9, 2001

Text of report by Iranian news agency IRNA

Tehran, 9 April: About 600 people from the town of Lamerd (southern Iran) gathered outside the Presidential Building on Monday [9 April] to protest against the transfer of the Tabnak Gas Refinery, known as Parsian, from the town of Lamerd to the district of Mohr.

The participants, who were carrying pictures of the eminent leader and the president, called on the president to look into this issue as soon as possible.

The town of Lamerd and the district of Mohr are in Fars Province.

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Iran makes 23 further arrests in connection with recent unrest

TEHRAN, April 9 (AFP) - The conservative-led judiciary announced Monday the arrest of 23 people in connection with violent protests last month in the southern city of Lamerd, the state IRNA news agency reported. Mohammad-Reza Sadri-Nejad, head of the Lamerd judiciary, said the people were arrested Sunday and accused of "participating in the destruction of public property and inciting unrest."

Last week, the judiciary said a total of 35 arrests had been made after days of clashes between security forces and residents, adding that a total of 80 arrests were expected to be made in connection with the unrest in
March.

Demonstrators in Lamerd reportedly sacked government offices and burned portraits of the clerical regime's leadership in protest at plans to build a gas refining plant in nearby Mohr instead of in Lamerd as originally scheduled.

Lamerd and Mohr have been the scene of recurring tension between the population and authorities since late last year. In December violent clashes broke out after a modification in the administrative structure of the region.

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Lamerd citizens stage protest gathering in front of Majlis

Tehran, April 11, IRNA -- A number of residents of the city of Lamerd in
southern province of Fars staged a rally in front of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) here on Wednesday to protest a planned transfer of the Parsian Gas Refinery from their city to a nearby town.

The protestors demanded a meeting with either Majlis Speaker Hojjatoleslam Mahdi Karroubi or one of Majlis deputies.

The protestors also urged the Islamic Consultative Assembly to appoint an independent delegation to probe the case in order to restore the right of Lamerd residents.

In order to get their voice heard groups of Lamerd residents have staged similar protest rallies in front of the Presidential Office and the State Inspectorate-General Organization over the past two days.

The city of Lamerd in the southern province of Fars is situated some 480 km south of its capital, Shiraz.

Unrest broke out last month after provincial officials gave the green light to the relocation of a projected gas refinery from Lamerd to the neighboring town of Mohr.

Protests were followed by arson in which a mob set the office of Lamerd governor ablaze.

According to provincial judicial officials, some 35 people charged with provoking the unrest were arrested last week on the orders of the local judicial authority

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Some detainees from March 'Lamerd unrest' released

TEHRAN, April 11 (AFP) - Iran has released 21 people arrested last week in connection with last month's unrest in the southern city of Lamerd, the official IRNA news agency said Wednesday. Local judicial officials said the 21, charged with inciting unrest and destroying public property had been freed on bail.

The judiciary said last week that 35 people had been jailed in connection with the troubles, which erupted over plans to build a new gas refinery in nearby Mohr instead of in Lamerd as scheduled.

Government buildings were set on fire in the unrest, after which authorities reportedly flew two transport planes of anti-riot police to Lamerd to ensure the situation was brought under control.

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