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Every Spark Could Explode Iran’s Restive Society

Protests in Golestan in northeast Iran - March 23, 2021
Protests in Golestan in northeast Iran – March 23, 2021

Protests erupted on March 23 in northeast Iran after the regime’s judiciary failed to condemn a man who had raped two little girls. Simultaneously, angry locals in southeast Iran clashed with two of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) members and set their vehicle on fire after they attempted to steal three Baluchi women’s jewelry.

When a security guard in Golestan Dam raped two seven and eight-year-old girls, their family members filed a judicial complaint and pressed charges of rape against him. Yet, the regime’s local prosecutor rejected accusations, claiming that the forensics report had denied any signs of rape. To quell people, he claimed that the security guard had been summoned and charged with “kidnapping.” Following the prosecutors’ remarks, locals in Arab Sharank village held a protest. In response, the regime’s State Security Forces (SSF) tried to oppress protesters, so people clashed with SSF forces and broke their car windows of SSF forces.

One fisherman in Chabahar, southeast Iran, hurt by Chinese trawler fishing, protested to Parviz Mohebbi, Deputy Minister of Fisheries. A video from Chabahar shows a fisherman yelling at Mohebbi, saying: “[our poverty] is due to the [works of Chinese trawlers.] We have no shoes to wear.”

On Sunday, the pest control department of Hafta Tappeh Sugarcane Factory workers in southwest Iran held a rally for the second day in the company’s premises in front of the security office. They demanded their delayed wages and job insecurity.

These examples show how restive Iran’s society is. Any event could lead to protests, and uprisings, as it happened during the major Iran protests in 2018 and November 2019, which rattled the regime’s foundation.

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Iranian people are grappling with poverty, which due to the regime’s institutionalized corruption and wrong policies. Also, the regime has been pursuing an inhumane Covid-19 policy, trying to use mass casualties to prevent another uprising. The regime’s cruel Covid-19 policy has increased public hatred of the mullahs’ regime.

“People’s income has reached its lowest point due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the economic events. People are going through difficult conditions. Economic pressures such as rampant inflation, declining incomes, declining purchasing power and rising poverty on the one hand, and the costs of coronavirus outbreaks on the other, have created many challenges for them,” wrote the state-run Sobh-e Emrooz daily on March 15.

“Although the coronavirus crisis delays the conflict, delaying it at the cost of overwhelming issues is a challenge in society. In other words, when society is freed from the clutches of this disease, political, social, and economic faults will begin to move with greater destructive power,” wrote the state-run Jahan-e Sanat daily on March 15.

Thus, the regime’s officials intend to intimidate the public by executions, arbitrary shooting, and threats. On Wednesday, the regime’s Judiciary Chief, Ebrahim Raisi, threatened the public. “No insecurity in society is tolerable; the police and security officials should let disruptors act,” he said according to the state-run TV. Raisi is one of the main perpetrators of the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners.

In line with Raisi’s threats, the IRGC forces shot at killed two young men from the Arab minority in the southwest Iranian city of Shush. Ebrahim Atshani, 20, and Mostafa Hargani, 22, were shot by the IRGC Basij forces while riding their motorcycle. Both young men lost their lives after being taken to hospital.

But the regime’s oppressive measures are doomed to fail. “I swear to God that with arresting, with guns and violence, we cannot solve problems such as inflation or control the society,” said Abbas Akhundi, the former Minister of Roads and Urban Development in this regard on March 25.