MEK Iran: Khuzestan Visit as a Show
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that on Friday, August 27, barely two days after the parliament approved Ebrahim Raisi’s cabinet, he boarded a small aircraft and drove a domestically built automobile to Ahvaz, the capital of the unrest-plagued Khuzestan province. Such deeds would have been viewed as the best kind of political PR trick in any other country, but in Iran, people don’t believe a word of it.
Political PR trick by Raisi
Iranians, as well as political observers, recall Hashemi Rafsanjani, the country’s former president after Khomeini’s death, referring to himself as “the Builder-in-Chief,” attempting to portray himself as the man in charge of rebuilding a country that had lost hundreds of thousands of lives and more than a trillion dollars in the Iraq war.
Raisi is wearing a worn-out mantle
Mohammad Khatami, who replaced Rafsanjani, marketed himself as a “reformist” in an attempt to calm the national outcry for social and political freedom. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who replaced Khatami, pretended to be a populist, dressed casually, spoke in slang, and pretended to be a man of the people. Hassan Rouhani also attempted to run the “moderate show” in order to strike a nerve in the enraged public.
Nonetheless, the regime’s fraud, corruption, pillage, and unprecedented levels of deadly persecution have left little room for deception, and Ebrahim Raisi is wearing a worn-out mantle that no one respects any longer.
Raisi’s choice of the Khuzestan province demonstrated where the leadership is most concerned about an impending rebellion. People in a dozen Khuzestan cities rose up in July, chanting “Death to Khamenei,” when he was giving speeches and preparing for the president. They were fed up and tired of power outages, water shortages, and inequality.
Twelve people were killed, hundreds were injured, and more were imprisoned and held in the regime’s prisons as a result of clashes with security forces.
Raisi’s visit to Khuzestan as “a show,”
A local member of parliament described Ebrahim Raisi’s visit to Khuzestan as “a show,” adding that “these short, one-day trips will not solve Khuzestan’s problems” and urging the administration to discontinue the practise.
“Problems such as sewage issues, unemployment, drought, the destruction of palm trees, and so on are problems that require constant attention and major decisions,” said MP Majid Naserinejad, according to the state-run Aftab news website.
The suppression of popular protests
At the same time, Ebrahim Raisi announced that Mohammadreza Naqdi, the IRGC’s Deputy Commander-in-Chief, had been appointed as the special governor of Khuzestan.
Although not officially acknowledged, social media reactions expressed fears about increased pressure on the province’s residents and the suppression of popular protests in the wake of the appointment. Perhaps that was the only object in Khuzestan that Iranians didn’t regard as a showoff.
Raisi did not speak about the detainees’ conditions
Raisi promised to tackle a big part of the unemployment problem in Khuzestan by increasing industries and agriculture, as his predecessors had done in the past. During this visit, Raisi did not speak about the detainees’ conditions, including those who protested water shortages and were severely abused and imprisoned.
Raisi would have confronted hundreds of families desperate for information on the location of their children and loved ones if he had reached out to any other audience than the handpicked ones he had spoken to.
Poverty, drought, unemployment, across the province
Raisi left Khuzestan for Tehran at the end of the day to speak with the media and pose for the cameras. Poverty, drought, unemployment, and wrath ravaged the province he left behind.
He didn’t say why these issues exist or what he accomplished throughout his four decades as the country’s chief justice. He also didn’t say what his genuine intentions for the province are. But, if history is any indication, all of his preparations will be for nothing.