By INU Staff
INU - In Mashhad, in 1992, religious authorities in charge of the shrine of the 8th Imam Reza decided they wanted to enlarge their compound. The destruction of an adjacent residential area of dilapidated homes and shacks called Mahalle Tollab was necessary, which resulted in a riot. This surprised authorities, who realized that they must weaken the protesters’ solidarity. They created factions by announcing, “The people whose houses were seized and destroyed demand to be distinguished from provocateurs and saboteurs.” The “provocateurs and saboteurs” were then identified and hanged, which acted as a message to everyone else. In less than two weeks, the protests dwindled away.