Under heat from the public, Isfahan police have rounded up 50 people with a prior history of offences. The police announced that the detainees, described as some of the “thugs and hoodlums” of the city, were arrested today, Wednesday October 22, in different parts of the city. Their prior offences reportedly involve “causing fear in public”, “causing nuisance”, “causing injury (such as cutting noses or ears), “assault” and “the sale of small amounts of drugs.”

The police announced that these arrests are in connection with the recent acid-throwing incidents in the city, adding that they will soon release an update in the media.

Thousands of Isfahan residents took to the streets today to protest the slow government reaction to recent incidents of women being attacked with acid.