Amnesty International said today, Thursday, that the authorities in Iran disrupted the internet when water shortage protests erupted in Khuzestan, southwest Iran, in a serious violation of the right to freedom of expression. The authorities in Iran have a “horrific” record of using internet cuts to cover up their use of “lethal and unlawful force.”
The authorities must end deliberate internet cuts across Khuzestan and give people the right to Peaceful Protest.
Tehran Protests In Solidarity with Ahwaz July 26, 2021
The sporadic protests continued in Iran on Wednesday night and the early hours of Thursday, with slogans against the Iranian regime’s guide and in solidarity with the uprising of the Ahwazi Arabs
The town of Rabat Karim, south of Tehran, witnessed a demonstration in the streets on Wednesday evening, in solidarity with the popular protests in Ahvas.
(Video clips show protesters marching on some city streets and chanting slogans denouncing the regime’s repression, and Local sources reported the arrest of some protesters.
Demonstrators in the city of Sarabla in Ilam province set fire to a large picture of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, chanted slogans against the ruling regime and declared their solidarity with the Ahvas protests.
The protests over water scarcity in Khuzestan resulted in a number of deaths and injuries in recent days.
Videos of the protests in several areas of Ahvas showed that the security forces dealt harshly with the protesters.
While Ahvas, which overlooks the Gulf, is one of the most prominent oil-producing regions in Iran and one of the 31 richest provinces in Iran, it is one of the regions inhabited by a large minority of Arabs.
(The residents of the governorate have previously complained of being marginalized by the authorities, and in 2019, anti-government protests also took place in other areas of the country.