With the continuation of protests in the province of Ahvas, southwest of Iran, because of water shortage And the poor living conditions, the Secretary-General of the Iranian Democratic Front and the former leader of the student movement, Heshmat Tabarzadi, stressed that “this regime can only be overthrown by a democratic revolution.”
“We have entered a revolutionary phase, and the Khuzestan revolution has the potential to become a national revolution,” said a prominent dissident in Tehran on Friday.
He also explained that “the uprising in the south and the center should use the tactic of sudden demonstrations to spread the flames of the revolution.”
The spread of demonstrations
For her part, the Iranian opposition leader, Maryam Rajavi, announced on Twitter, today, Friday, that protests Which started 9 days ago in Khuzestan province, has now spread to Tehran, Bushehr, Isfahan and other places in the country.
Rajavi said that the killing of protesters from Ahvas, Iza, Alikudars and other cities and regions “reflects the will of the Iranian people to overthrow the fascist regime,” adding that the demonstrations will light the path to freedom in Iran.
‘Crushing’ the protests
It is noteworthy that earlier today, Friday, Amnesty International confirmed that Iranian security forces used lethal automatic weapons and rifles to crush mostly peaceful protests across Khuzestan province.
The organization said in a statement that Iranian security forces have killed at least 8 people in 7 different cities, and wounded and arrested dozens since the protests erupted in Ahvas.
From the Ahvas protests
It also called on the Iranian authorities to immediately stop using automatic weapons and shotguns and to release all detainees.
She pointed out that the Iranian authorities have a “horrific record of using unlawful lethal force”, pointing out that the events in Khuzestan are reminiscent of what happened in November 2019.
On the other hand, the organizationHuman Rights Watch“Tehran is conducting transparent investigations into at least 3 deaths that occurred among protesters, and holding those responsible to account, in addition to addressing the problem of water scarcity.
From the Ahvas protests
It is noteworthy that the oil-rich Khuzestan province, which borders Iraq, has been witnessing protests since last Thursday against the backdrop of water scarcity.
Khuzestan, overlooking the Gulf, is the most important oil producing region in Iran and one of the 31 richest provinces. It is also one of the few regions in Iran in which a large minority of the Arab population lives.
The residents of the province had previously complained of being marginalized by the authorities. In 2019, Khuzestan witnessed anti-government protests that also affected other parts of the country.