Tehran still shaken from people's protests against oppression
The recent demonstrations that erupted in the Iranian city of Ahwaz, especially at Hay Al-Thawra district, is a natural consequence of the systematic persecution of the common Iranian people for several decades, according to political analysts in Egypt.
Several people have been detained in the aftermath of the protests, the most prominent of them being "Kulrach Irai" who has been on hunger strike for more than 65 days. It has drawn the attention of international human rights organizations, who have been demanding the immediate release of the detainees, and the halt of repressive practices against civilians.
Mohammed Abadi, director of the Gidar Center for Studies, said: "The people of Ahwaz are being subjected to systematic persecution as part of Iran’s strategy to obliterate the Arab identity in the Al-Ahwaz region.” He stressed that the Mullah regime has been persecuting the people of Ahwaz for a long time through various means of repression, such as banning Arabs from giving their newborn children Arabic names and from wearing the traditional Arab attire. They are also denied public jobs, and are deliberately left impoverished by diverting rivers away from the city, and destroying agriculture land. The Revolutionary Guards and other repressive bodies are also filling their own coffers by seizing revenues from oil, gas and minerals.
Abadi added that the people of Ahwaz are seeking to escape from the grip of the Mullah regime, particularly after the public uprising across most of Iran's cities last year. He pointed out that the Iranian regime fears the prospects of full-fledged protests resuming in the Ahwaz region.
Ahmed Al-Fouli, a researcher in Iranian affairs, said that the protests indicate several things, most notably the diminishing influence of the Mullah regime that rules with an iron fist. It also reflects the public outrage against the government’s loot of people's wealth, spending their money on interfering in affairs of the Arab region.
Al-Fouly asserted that unemployment at 15% is growing even further in Iran's provinces, in addition to the prevalence of widespread illiteracy. Prices of common goods are also increasing, such as of fuel, bread, and a number of food items, even as the Iranian people are finding it difficult to find shelter or jobs. A number of Iranians have been filmed using graveyards to sleep overnight.
The people’s hardships come amidst the regime’s sustained use of public money to support terrorist militias in the Arab region and spread terror and corruption. The researcher also pointed out that "Vilayat-i Faqih" regime – the rule or guardianship by a jurist -- seems to be unaware that it is falling apart and that the day of its overthrow is fast approaching. The Ahwaz demonstrations are continuing, especially after the official Iranian TV produced a number of television plays, mocking the language and attire of Arabs and targeting their identity.
He further said: "As usual, the bloody regime puts down the demonstrations through high-handed measures, including imprisonment and torture. Basij and the Revolutionary Guard directly intervene and use live bullets and excessive force, not to mention the detention of an increasing number of people. The prisons of Ahwaz are overflowing with innocent Arabs and whoever attempts to oppose the 'Wali Al-Faqih' regime.”
For his part, Dr. Medhat Najib, President of Egypt's Liberal Party, said that the ongoing discontent among the Iranian people, and their protests in more than one region stems from a feeling of injustice, tyranny and oppression at the hands of the supreme leader and Iranian President Hassan Rowhani. He added that the Iranian people are suffering from hardships and atrocities and are demanding an investigation into the activities of the office of Iran’s supreme leader.
Muhammad Al-Sayyid Ismail, head of Scholars for Awakening Foundation, stressed that Iran supports several entities in Arab countries. But these entities do not owe allegiance to their homeland, but rather to Iran, which continues to pursue its policy of interfering in Arab affairs.