TEHRAN,Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has strongly denounced the use of violence against the country’s police force, reacting to the deaths of five security forces at the hands of a Darvish cult’s members.
Addressing a government meeting on Wednesday, the Iranian chief executive condemned violence in all its forms, saying, “We do not at all tolerate any violent behavior and insults against the police, which preserves the society’s order and security.”
The attack came during an unauthorized gathering by the so-called Gonabadi Dervishes near a police station in Pasdaran neighborhood in the north of the capital Tehran.
The cult members engaged in clashes with ordinary people and police forces during the gathering. One attacker ploughed a bus into a group of policemen, killing three security forces. Two members of the Basij volunteer force also lost their lives in separate car-ramming and stabbing attacks at the site.
Rouhani condoled with the survivors of the victims, and expressed gratitude to the security guards, especially the Law Enforcement Force, for their calculated management and maximum tolerance in the face of the attackers.
He tasked the institutions in charge with investigating the roots of such incidents with the aim of reinforcing national integrity and increasing unity in the country.