Azar Mansouri, a member of the reformist Islamic Unity Party of Iran, became the latest victim of hecklers as she delivered a speech in Yasooj.

Azar Mansouri

Azar Mansouri

Mansouri was scheduled to speak at the opening of the Association of Culture and Politics at Azad University on Sunday November 29, but her speech was interrupted by a group of plainclothes hecklers who chanted slogans against reformists.

The head of the Association of Culture and Politics, Aref Yazadani, told ILNA that the event had obtained all necessary permits from the university and city officials.

He added that there had been rumours that some people might be planning a “physical confrontation” with Azar Mansouri.

This is third time in the past nine days that plainclothes mobs have interrupted an event organized for reformist figures. A week earlier, Mostafa Kavakebina was prevented from giving a speech in Andimeshk, and a day prior to that, Abdolvahed Mosavi Lari’s speech in Gharachak was disrupted.

With the approach of parliamentary elections, reformist figures have been facing severe resistance by unidentified hecklers and mobs stopping them from giving speeches and connecting with the public.