Iran: Sixth night of anti-regime rallies, protests in several cities

Several cities across Iran were scenes of continuing anti-regime protests on Monday night, May 30, for the sixth consecutive night. Activists in the cities of Abadan, Shadegan, and Izeh in Khuzestan province, Bushehr in Hormozgan province, Tehran, Zavareh in Isfahan province, and Kazerun in Fars province reported people taking to the streets in solidarity the people of Abadan and rallies against the mullahs’ regime.


These gatherings were held in the memory of the 33 people killed on May 23 as Abadan’s city’s 10-story Metropol tower collapsed. Reports indicate others were injured and dozens are still feared trapped under the rubble.

Earlier today, a gathering of soccer fans in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium celebrating their team’s victory in the Iranian football league began chanting “Abadan! Abadan!” in sympathy with people of the southwest Iranian city. A southern district of the capital was also the scene of regime security forces attacking locals holding a gathering. Locals were also seen chanting: “Death to Khamenei!” in reference to regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.


People also took to the streets on Sunday for the fifth consecutive night. The cities of Abadan, Masjed Soleyman, and Kazerun were scenes of anti-regime rallies. People in these cities were holding their rallies in solidarity with the people of Abadan. Reports from Khuzestan and other provinces indicate authorities are heavily disrupting internet access. In Tehran, authorities dispatched anti-riot units to the city theater to prevent locals from even holding a vigil in solidarity with the people of Abadan. Locals in Abadan also jeered and disrupted a gathering held by the regime’s authorities and security forces, showing their utter hatred of the mullahs’ regime.

People in Abadan were chanting:

“I will kill those who killed my brother!”

“We are ready for war and will fight to the end!”

“Shame on you!”

“Basiji, get lost!” referring to members of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Basij forces.

On Saturday night, similar protests were held in Tehran, Shahr-e Rey, Andimeshk, Behbahan, Qom, Minoo Island, and Susangerd.

Security forces also forced stores to close, arresting their owners and transferring them to unknown locations. Despite intense measures by regime authorities locals in the capital Tehran held a vigil for the people of Abadan and held rallies where people began chanting “Death to the dictator!” referring to regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.


People were also chanting: “Khamenei is a murderer, and his rule is invalid!”

In Andimeshk, demonstrators resisted security forces dispatched to quell the protests. Since the incident, instead of conducting relief efforts, the regime has dispatched security forces to different cities to prevent and quell protests.

Thousands of people took to the streets in several cities of Iran on Friday night, May 27, in solidarity with the people of Abadan in southwest Iran, holding demonstrations and chanting anti-regime slogans. According to videos posted online from these demonstrations, the cities of Bushehr, Mahshahr, Shahin Shahr, Ahvaz, Omidiyeh, and Abadan were scenes of these anti-regime demonstrations.

Reports also indicated intense scenes in other cities of Khuzestan province, southwest Iran, including Izeh, where regime authorities dispatched a large number of security units to the streets to prevent people from holding mourning ceremonies and demonstrations.

Regime authorities have been busy dispatching security forces and anti-riot units from Ahvaz and other cities to Abadan, according to social media reports. Activists continue to report internet disruptions in cities witnessing protests and authorities are also using drones to control the marching protesters from above. Videos posted online indicate state security forces in different cities attacking the peaceful demonstrators.


On Thursday night the cities of Khorramshahr, Abadan, Bandar Abbas, and others were scenes of people launching similar gatherings and protest rallies. People in those demonstrations were seen chanting slogans such as:

“Mullahs must get lost!”

“I will kill those who killed my brother!”

“[Khamenei!] The city is under rubble!” referring to the 10-story Metropol tower in downtown that came crumbling down on Monday, May 23. Official figures indicate at least 24 dead, 48 injured, and dozens still feared to be trapped under the rubble.

The widespread protests began with the Metropol tower collapse and quickly evolved into targeting the regime in its entirety, especially senior officials including Khamenei and regime President Ebrahim Raisi.

The authorities disrupted internet access in many cities to prevent the  spread of reports regarding these protests and in a prelude to crackdown measures. Reports circulating on social media platforms indicated the regime’s security forces using anti-riot pellet guns against protesters in Shahin Shahr of Isfahan province.

On Wednesday night, May 25, a massive crowd of locals in Abadan, southwest Iran, took to the streets in anti-regime protests triggered by the collapse of the city’s Metropol tower on Monday, May 23. Angry protesters were chanting slogans against the regime, local officials, and the corrupt contractor responsible for the faulty construction project that led to the tower crumbling down, leaving at least 19 people killed, 37 injured, and dozens still feared missing. State media is reporting 34 of those injured have been dispatched and are recovering in their homes now.

Wednesday night saw protesters chanting slogans specifically targeting senior regime and local Abadan and Khuzestan province officials for their destructive policies and corruption that led to the disaster, and recent incompetence in providing necessary aid during the rescue effort.

Public distrust in the regime’s claims escalated further following remarks made by the representative of Khuzestan province in the Supreme Provincial Council that the former mayor of Abadan, who oversaw the inauguration of the Metropol tower, now has a post in the Investment Organization of Abadan Municipality.


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