Anti-Regime Protests Spark Up In This Middle Eastern Country

The people of Iran have sparked a series of protests set against their nation’s current Islamic government.

Over the past several weeks in the country, Iran has been experiencing an ever-deteriorating water and energy crisis. As reported by the BBC, Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran, issued a statement acknowledging the inconvenience that has been placed on the populace by the outages that have taken place earlier in the month: “I apologize to our dear people who have faced problems and suffering in the past few days and I urge them to cooperate [by cutting their electricity use]. People complain about power outages and they are right.”

BBC went on to add:

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Rouhani explained in televised remarks on Tuesday morning that the drought meant most of the country’s hydroelectric power plants were not operating, and that electricity consumption had surged as people used air conditioning to cope with the intense summer heat.

Videos on social media appeared to show crowds in Shar-e Rey near Tehran, Shiraz, Amol and elsewhere overnight. Some people can be heard shouting “Death to the dictator” and “Death to Khamenei” — a reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The protests continued over the past weekend as basic water remained extremely scarce. Once again on Saturday, BBC reported again:

The water crisis has devastated agriculture and livestock farming and led to electricity blackouts. Earlier this month, protests broke out in a number of cities across the country. The authorities blame reduced rainfall for the situation, saying many hydroelectric power plants are not operating and electricity consumption has surged as people use air conditioning to cope with the intense summer heat. But many locals say the problem is mismanagement and corruption.

Masih Alinejad, who is an Iranian-American journalist who was nearly kidnapped while on American soil by the Islamic Iranian government, went on to state that the protests were “anti-regime demonstrations.”

“Khuzestan doesn’t have water and the regime is to blame for wrong water policies,” she stated in a tweet.

“These innocent people of #Kuzestan want to water,” she went on to say in a comment in another post. “The regime has deprived them of this vital source of life. Watch how the Islamic Republic of Iran shoots at protesters in #Susangerd because they simply ask why they lack water.”

So far, there has reportedly been at least one protested that has been killed.

The World Bank has spoken on the matter by stating that Iran is currently facing economic hardships due to COVID-19, rampant inflation, and high governmental debt. The nation has also experienced an extreme series of economic contractions for the past two years that lead up to the outbreak of COVID-19.

 

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