On Thursday evening July 16, people living in different cities and regions of Khuzestan Province (southwest Iran), including Ahvaz, Khorramshahr, Bostan, Hamidiyeh, Shadegan, Susangerd, and Mahshahr, took to the streets to protest the lack of water.
In some cities, such as Khorramshahr and Susangerd, the State Security Force (SSF) opened fire to prevent protests from spreading.
People in the Bostan town of Dasht-e Azadegan, west of Ahvaz, chanted, “We will not accept humiliation,” protesting the lack of water.
The uprisings in different cities of Khuzestan Province that started on Thursday night, also continued on Friday night. The protesters in Ahvaz and surrounding towns closed transit highways for hours.
The suppressive forces opened fire on the protesters in many areas and fire teargas to disperse them. During Friday night’s protests, the IRGC shot to death one of the protesters, and wounded several others.
The uprising continued for the third consecutive night. The regime’s repressive forces opened fire, killing at least three young men, and wounding many more.
On July 17 and 18, Mostafa Na’imavi, (26), Qassem Khozeiri (17) and Ali Mazraeh were killed in Shadegan (Fallahiyeh), Kut Abdullah, and Ahvaz’s Zovieyeh region. Several others were wounded.
Despite the dispatch of the anti-riot State Security Force (SSF) units, the uprising of the people of Khuzestan in protest to the lack of water continued on Sunday night, July 18, for the fourth consecutive night.
On Sunday night, July 18, for the fourth consecutive night, In Susangerd, youths resisted the heavily armed SSF while chanting, “We will not accept humiliation,” and “People demand regime change.”
The SSF special anti-riot units tried to disperse the demonstrators by firing tear gas, and directly targeting the defenseless protesters, which wounded many people. However, the youths resisted them by throwing rocks while chanting anti-regime slogans.
In Shush, demonstrators surrounded the governor’s office. Terrified of the growing anger of the demonstrators, the SSF retreated into the building and closed the gate.
Opening fire on unarmed residents again demonstrated that as long as the plundering mullahs remain in power, poverty, unemployment, and disease will continue. The mullahs deny the people water, power, bread, housing, and vaccines to provide for the nuclear and missile projects and their warmongering in the region.
Shahrokh Tavakoli, Director of @IranNW, providing news and analysis from inside Iran & political activist.