Friday, February 17, 2017

Iran scrambles to contain, suppress rising demonstrations

by World Tribune Staff, March 5, 2017
The Iranian government is moving quickly to put down massive protests over power blackouts and water shortages in the oil-rich Khuzestan region and ongoing workers’ rights protests in Teheran.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran ( NCRI ) – a coalition of Iranian opposition groups in exile lead by the banned People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) – said the government dispatched anti-riot police from neighboring Fars Province to contain the Khuzestan protests.

Protests to Rouhani’s Visit to Ahvaz

The Media Express, March 3, 2017 - One of Iran’s most oil-rich cities is also one of the prime examples of Iran’s mismanagement. Residents of the region were protesting after dust storms, repeated power failures and general mismanagement by the regime. They have suffered the loss of services and increased unemployment, despite the regime’s hopes that the lifting of sanctions would draw foreign investment to the area to update refineries and power stations, as well as fix deep ecological problems.

The protests have subsided, however, as Iranian security forces have declared all demonstration illegal. 

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Widespread Workers Protests in Khuzestan

The protest of hundreds of workers of Iran National Steel Industries in Ahvaz, Khuzestan continued on February 28th for its eighteenth day in front of the governor’s office. They are protesting non-payment of their salary and benefits for five months as well as the uncertain future of their job and factory situation. The workers held banners reading: "We, the workers of National Group, have not been paid for the past few months " and "We, the workers of National Group, are standing until the end." During Rouhani’s visit to Khouzestan, they also gathered Ahvaz airport and protested him by chanting “Rouhani, where are your promises?”

Thousands protest in front of the parliament + photo and video

In Tehran, thousands from all walks of life have gathered in front of the parliament demanding their wages and rights. 

Protest Rally of Thousands of Retirees and Tehran Transit Bus Drivers

February 28th, thousands of retirees demonstrated in front of the regime’s parliament to protest the dire situation of their livelihoods. Teachers, nurses and other retired employees, who, in addition to Tehran and Alborz provinces had come from Khuzestan, Khorasan, North Khorasan, Gilan, Mazandaran, Isfahan and Markazi provinces chanted: "Workers, teachers, alliance, alliance”, Rise up to eliminate discrimination", "We will not rest until we get our rights", "Dignity, livelihood is our inalienable right", "one embezzlement less, our problem is resolved", "When it comes to our turn, the coffers become empty". Demonstrators held banners reading: "workers, teachers, students, nurses, alliance, alliance", "poverty line four million (tomans) our salary 1 million", "Our reward is due, its delay is unjust", "We demand equalization with other professions", "the costs are based on dollar, our salaries are based on rial."
Large Gathering in Ahvaz Protesting Rouhani's Visit

Thursday protesting the presence of Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani.
The protesters demanded a halt to all projects rerouting river waters in this province to other areas, dam construction, drying lagoons, measures to resolve continuous water and power outages resulting from dust storms, and immediate action to respond to the air contamination disaster.

Ahvaz Protests a Prelude to Events Which Will Rattle the Mullahs' Entire Foundation

Tensions continue to rise between the new U.S. administration and Iran with a series of actions and reactions. Most recently, Iran has launched a new round of military drills, embarking on more provocative actions, while U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia and Israel have joined in by issuing what is described as twin warnings to Iran. Wrote Heshmat Alavi in AL-Arabiya on February 22.

Environment Turned Into a Social Crisis

effect of environmental problems on increased marginalization and immigration, head of Cultural Committee of Iranian regime’s parliament has stated that “the issue of environment has now turned into a social crisis.”
In his interview with state-run ILNA news agency on the effect of environmental problems on Iran’s social issues, Salman Khodadadi said that “the environment, water, and dust storms are among the major issues and our society’s future problems. We are now in a situation where the issue of environment has turned into a social crisis throughout the country, and sometimes even raises security concerns.”

paralyzed by environmental neglect + Photos

Dust cloud with toxic particles
DW, March 6, 2017 - Iranian politicians like to refer to their country as an 'island of stability' in the Middle East. But the country has severe environmental problems, and nobody feels responsible - with wide-reaching consequences.

Iran Regime's Fear, of the Continued Courageous Protests, in the Oil Reach City of Ahvaz

Iran Regime's MP: Our Detachment From People Is a Great Risk, We Need to Be Alert

Protests in Iranian City Where ‘Everything Is Covered in Brown Dust’

The demonstrations of the heroic people of Ahvaz continued for the sixth consecutive day on Saturday, February 18th, despite the Iranian regime banning any and all gatherings. Protesters were heard chanting, “No to any humiliation” and “Don’t be afraid, we are all together.”

People protests in Shadgan

People attacking police car repressive force, the people Shadegan city protests in Khuzestan province

According to reports received on the evening of Saturday February18, despite all the police warnings, people of Ahvaz were back into the streets for the sixth consecutive day, protesting against air pollution and water and electricity’s nonstop cut – offs.
The people of Ahwaz shouted, "Death to tyranny", "death to repression", "we, the people of Ahwaz won't accept oppression!"
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The people of Ahwaz have taken to the streets today for the fifth consecutive day to protest the disastrous air pollution and frequent water and power cut-offs in the capital of Khuzistan Province.
The crises that emerge in Khuzestan province in the south of Iran is just the latest contribution of neglect from the clerical regime. After years of exploitation of the province’s natural resources, the province who once was one of the most fertile areas in Iran has turned into a dessert
Following is the full report + video and photoes

Four women arrested in Tehran for supporting Khuzistan protests

Intelligence forces and plainclothes agents attacked hundreds of people rallying in Tehran’s Vanak Square in support of Khuzistan protesters on Thursday, February 16, and arrested four women.
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In a statement by the Iranian Resistance's President-elect, Maryam Rajavi hailed the people of Ahwaz and Khuzistan, particularly the women and youths, and urged them to unite their ranks to continue their protests and demonstrations in solidarity.
Following is the text of the message

The photo of the protest says:
Khuzistan is tired we don't keep silent any more

Members of the Iranian regime’s parliament and experts warn the recent electricity, water and communication blackout in southern oil reach province of Khuzestan which has revealed ‘negligence’ by authorities is becoming a national threat.
Following is the full report
Women’s rights in Iran The last days have proven once again that Iranian women have to face incredible injustice in their everyday lives.
The Media Express,on February 17, 2017 had reported
Here is the text of article

Political Unrest in the Oil-Rich Fields of Iran – Op-Ed

A good article by Iranian dissident Hassan Mahmoudi wrote on Saturday for the American Thinker.
Click here to read the article

Iran & the Ahwaz environment crisis

Iran Commentary, MARCH 1, 2017 - There have been a variety of reports in the media about last month’s dust storms and environmental crisis in Ahwaz and Khuzestan Province, located in the country’s southwest border and bordering Iraq.
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Failure to aid province highlights Iran's misguided priorities

The Hill,28 Feb 2017 - For days now, large swathes of western Iran have been covered in dust — literally. Dust storms have overwhelmed the oil-rich province of Khuzestan. Air quality is reportedly some 30 to 60 times the healthy level. Power stations have broken down; banks, schools and offices were closed; water supplies were disrupted; and flights to and from Ahvaz were cancelled — including, ironically, one scheduled for the regime’s top “environment” official.
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Why Iran's Most Famous Lake and World's Second Largest Salt Water Lake Is Dying?

Yet Another Environmental Disaster After Khuzestan's

Desperate Efforts to Cover up the Environmental Catastrophe in Southwestern Iran

Looming Environmental Catastrophe in Oil Rich Khuzestan Province

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