The appointment of Ebrahim Raisi and its impact on the spread of protests in Iran

By Reza Hoseani

People living in different cities and regions of Khuzestan Province (southwestern Iran) took to the streets to protest the lack of water.

Some of these cities are:

Ahvaz, Khorramshahr, Bostan, Hamidiyeh, Shadegan, Susangard and Mahshahr.

In some cities, Iran’s regime security forces opened fire to prevent the spread of protests.

People chanted, “We will not accept humiliation,” protesting the lack of water due to transferring it to other cities.

Despite the full mobilization of the Iranian regime’s security forces, angry residents took to the streets in protest of the water shortage, challenging security forces and Basij militias who were trying to disperse them.

The protesters were chanted “We do not accept humiliation.” They were carried banners that read, “We will never give up, we want water.”

They also set fire to tires blocking the transit highways.

Terrified by the spread of the popular uprising, the repressive forces of the Iran’s regime opened fire on protesters in many areas and fired teargas to disperse them.

Warning within the regime about the repetition of previous uprisings:

The government newspaper Hamdeli wrote: “At the meeting of the Khuzestan Crisis Management Coordination Council, warnings were repeated about the recurrence of the 2017 and 2019 protests.

Hassan Shahvarpour, Commander of the Khuzestan Revolutionary Guards:

Due to the current situation of water shortage in Khuzestan province, the ground for social crisis is being formed and the social crisis is a prelude to the security crisis.

According to the government news agency ISNA, he continued: “If this situation is not managed and we do not move properly, the consequences will be like the crises of 2017 and 2019.”

The main cause of the water crisis:

In this crisis, as usual, there are traces of profiteering and rent-seeking of the Revolutionary Guards and the looting gangs of the government.

The construction of 34 dams in the last 8 years has led to the demolition of Hur al-Azim and agricultural lands along the Karkheh River.

These illegal dams have emptied the Karkheh River and changed the region’s ecosystem.The livestock of the people of this region are being lost due to the drying up of Hur al-Azim

Another factor is profitable projects such as transferring water from Khuzestan province to other places; A plan that has provided the ground for looting the Revolutionary Guards mafia and in practice has deprived the people of Khuzestan of drinking water. It is said that 700 villages in Khuzestan do not have water.


1- The atmosphere of Iranian society is extremely explosive. The incurable crises caused by the clerical regime have turned Iran into a bomb on the verge of exploding.

2- The government neither wants nor can respond to the most basic demand of the people (drinking water supply), its only response to the people, is more bullets and repression.

3- The published videos show that people are confronting the repressive security forces and making them flee. Such a pattern can be repeated.

If the priority of this government is to maintain the mullahs’ regime at the cost of squandering Iran’s national assets by building atomic bomb and weapons of mass destruction, then the people’s priority is to overthrow religious fascism.

Khamenei intended to prevent popular uprisings by appointing Ibrahim Raisi, but now the opposite is proven.

The Khuzestan uprising is just a model, all cities and provinces of Iran have such capabilities.

A huge social flood is on its way and will arrive soon.

The growing series of social uprisings in Iran will eventually send this terrorist regime and religious dictatorship to the dustbin of history.

Reza Hoseani is a writer, analyst, expert on Iranian affairs, a human rights activist and a defender of the rights of women, children and political prisoners

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