Iranian regime security forces arrived in the village of Govaz, a suburb of of Marivan in northern Kurdistan province, to remove and destroy satellite dishes owned by residents On March 1st, 2014. The security forces had neither a court order nor did they inform the residents of their intention beforehand. They raided homes and began to remove the dishes and break them into parts.
Residents gathered to resist the removal of their satellite dishes and the conflict got physical. 3 members of the security forces were injured; the rest were scared off and fled the scene.
Iranian security forces have been involved in such illegal and unannounced raids many times in the recent past, namely a raid on people’s homes in the cities of Farhangshahr, Padadshahr and Golestan on February 12th , and a similar raid in the city of Ilam on February 16th. The intention of both raids was to remove and destroy satellite dishes belonging to the residents. In both cases, residents resisted the intruders and forced them to flee the scene.