Protesters took the streets in Tabriz, to express support for protesters in Khuzestan on July 24, 2021. (Social Media)

May 14, 2022

Street protests began on May 9 in Khuzestan over shock food price hikes announced by the government. On May 10, a man in Ahvaz, the provincial capital city, was recorded shouting: “O people come and help Ahvaz, don’t leave us alone.”

Despite the targeted and extreme internet shutdowns imposed by the state, protesters in Khuzestan have not been alone. Demonstrations have been taking place in Iran’s southwestern provinces for at least three days, and on the evening of Friday, May 13, there were also protests in the north of Iran and other parts of the west.

Some videos of protest rallies in Ardebil, northwestern Iran, were posted on social media. IranWire has learned that at least two protesters were arrested there. In one of the videos, security forces can be seen attacking the protesters in a bid to disperse them while those present chant “Villains!”.

There were also protests in Rasht, the capital of the northern province of Gilan.

To the west in Lorestan, despite the security crackdown and lack of connectivity, there were reports of widespread protests. In the city of Borujerd, one of those present recorded the ubiquitous chant of “Mullahs get lost”.

In the city of Jooneghan in the southwestern province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, protesters set fire to a base belonging to the Basij. It was reported that a number of protesters, including the family of the dissident poet and civil rights activist Habib Fadaei, had been arrested in this city.

Continuous shootings could be heard in Dehdasht, Lorestan province in another video posted online. Also on May 13, protesters in Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan, took to the streets despite the heavy presence of security forces.

Protestst also continued in Khuzestan on Friday night, with those present in the city of Izeh shouting “Death to Khamenei!” and “Death to Raisi!”. In the city of Andimeshk, Khuzestan, there were as-yet unconfirmed reports that a young man named Omid Soltani had been killed.

Iran Wire

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