The Islamic Republic of Iran arrested dozens of family members of protesters who were killed by the regime’s agents during brutal crackdowns last year.
Local news agencies reported that Iranian authorities have arrested the uncle of Jina Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman whose death in police custody last year sparked months of popular uprising.
Safa Aeli was detained Tuesday at his residence in Saqqez and taken to an undisclosed location, the reports said.
Iranian security forces have also arrested the father and sister of Mohammad Hassanzadeh, a protester killed during last year’s nationwide protests, according to human rights groups.
Hassanzadeh’s father, Ahmad, was arrested in the Kurdish city of Bukan on September 5, while his sister Solmaz was also taken into custody. They were both taken to an undisclosed location.
The arrests took place just days before the first anniversary of Amini’s death in police custody on September 16.