The head of the Arabistan Al Ahwaz (Khuzestan) Police Forces has warned satellite channel users that if they do not gather up their satellite equipment, the police will round up their equipment.
Brigadier Mohamadreza Eshaghi told Fars News Agency that the users, distributers and installers of satellite receiver equipment have one week to gather up their equipment.
The first stage of the implementation of this plan is informing the people and warning citizens to gather up this kind of equipment. In the next stage, the police will start to gather information from private and public buildings and will start to round up satellite equipment from homes he said.
Using satellite equipment is forbidden will be fined 600,000 tomman in the first stage he added.
In December 2002 violence erupted after the Judiciary ordered the security forces to close down sprawling shops distributing video tapes and cassettes, popular dances and music in Arabic, the dominant language among local populations in this south-western region of Arabistan Al Ahwaz bordering with Iraq.
In mid-December 2002, Al Ahwaz chief prosecutor Amir Abbas Sohrab Beig issued an executive order crackdown on satellite dishes from houses in Al Ahwaz city.
In 2006 the regime ran a crack-down satellite equipment to pre-empt Ahwaz Arab demonstrations that have marked Ramadan Eid in the past. The confiscation of satellite television equipment is related to the government's attempts to stop the transmission of Arabic satellite channels into region.
In April 2011 The Revolutionary Guard Corps used tear gas and live bullets to disperse "Ahwaz Day of Rage" demonstrations. On 15 April 2011 after Friday prayers, the Iranian authorities cut off Internet services, water and electricity declared a state of emergency in the region. The Basij forces confiscated satellite dishes and computers.