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Iran’s Many Crises Point to a Major Uprising

By INU Staff

INU- Agitation in Iran has been brewing for the past year. The nationwide uprising that occurred at the turn of the year and rapidly spread across the country seems to continue.

For several weeks, the workers of Haft Tapeh and Ahvaz in Khuzestan province have been protesting for several weeks.

Rights to water has the farmers of Isfahan protesting there for the past several months. The tension between the farmers and the Iranian regime has been whipped so high that the protesting farmers have clashed with security forces on several occasions.

Government employees and retired government workers are protesting in front of the regime’s parliament in Tehran for their rights.

At hundreds of schools in dozens of cities, teachers are striking to demand a pay raise, job security, and the release of their imprisoned colleagues. As well, hospital workers are demonstrating against the problems that the privatization of Iran’s hospitals have caused.

In fact, the privatization of government institutions is the root of many problems in the country. Haft Tapeh is one example of this crisis.

The regime has neglected the plight of the people of Kermanshah — the victims of last year’s earthquake — were still living in the desert in tents or trailers, as a new earthquake hit the same region. The government has failed to provide them with even the minimum facilities and aid.

Another part of this economic crisis are the IRGC-linked financial institutions. Clients of these institutions have been robbed of their wealth, and are protesting across Iran to claim back their investments that have been spent on the Revolutionary Guards ventures beyond Iran’s borders, like financing Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and weaponizing the Houthis in Yemen, and the Badr Corps in Iraq.

The slogans and demands of protesters are all very similar and point toward a confrontation between the people of Iran and the regime.

One of the farmers of Isfahan who have been protesting over their rights to water said, “I’m a farmer from east Isfahan. Why aren’t you talking about the plight of the injustice you’ve done to the thousands of families who used to live in comfort but are now struggling to make ends meet?” His message was widely distributed on social media, and continued, “I myself was arrested and sent to solitary confinement because I had protested for my right to water. My sight was damaged because of the beatings of security forces.

Three of my teeth were broken. While I was in a critical condition, they gagged me, blindfolded me and tied my hands and feet and abandoned me in front of the Khourasgan hospital. I was a livestock farmer. They destroyed my life. My father in law and my brother in law are now selling coal. Please send my message and those of other farmers to the world.”

During the demonstrations by the Ahvaz Steelworkers, the protesters chanted, “We are steel workers, we will break the roots of tyranny,” and, “We will fight oppression and tyranny.”

One of the protesting workers at Haft Tapeh published a note. He asked asked the private owners who drove Iran’s largest sugarcane factory to bankruptcy, “Do you really think the workers of Haft Tapeh believe your words?” He added, “The workers of Haft Tapeh will not tolerate your presence under any conditions.”

During this past year, the uprisings and protests that have engulfed Iran show no inclination to halt. Iranians are showing solidarity in fulfilling their dream of overthrowing the regime and establishing freedom in their country.

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