May 14, 2022
Weeklong protests in Iran triggered by soaring prices spread to several provinces Thursday as they took on anti-regime tones, and tens of people were arrested.
Confirming that protests had taken place in several other cities outside the oil-rich Khuzestan where unrest had alreay begun last week, the official news agency IRNA reported Friday that tens of protesters had been arrested.
Most Iranian media did not report the protests at all but IRNA in its report downplayed the extent of the protests and said they have ended and “calm was established” in all areas where there was unrest.
Early reports and some video evidence show security forces used force in some instances against peaceful protesters marching in the streets and chanting against rising prices and government leaders.
Chants by protesters show that their anger goes beyond higher prices and the unrest has turned into a manifestation of anti-regime sentiments.
In cities where protests took place on Thursday, as videos show, protesters chanted “Death to Khamenei” and “Shame on You Raisi, Leave the Country Alone” and against the government’s move to raise prices of food staples including bread, chicken, oil, eggs, and dairy products.In some areas protesters also chanted praises for Reza Shah, the founder of the Pahlavi Dynasty, who began modernization in Iran almost a century ago.