Iranians Continue to Protest Over Soaring Prices Despite Regime’s Crackdown
Despite a nationwide crackdown, Iranians took to the streets for the fourth night in a row on Saturday night, May 14, in anti-regime protests sparked by a recent price increase in food staples. Protesters took to the streets in the cities of Quchan, Hafshejan, Farsan, and Babaheydar in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari province; Borujerd and Boroujen; and Razavieh in Tehran province, among others, chanting: “Death to Khamenei!” referring to regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.“Death to Raisi!” referring to regime President Ebrahim Raisi.“Death to the velayat faqih principle!” referring to the mullahs’ regime in its entirety.
Security forces loyal to the regime have been seen opening fire and attacking unarmed protesters in a number of cities, enraged by a price hike on basic goods such as bread, milk, dairy products, eggs, poultry, and cooking oil.
People in the city of Neyshabur in the Khorasan Razavi province of northeast Iran also gathered and staged an anti-regime demonstration on Saturday morning. In the southwest Iranian town of Hafshejan, regime security forces opened fire on protesters, prompting angry locals to storm the regime’s Basij base.
Authorities have dispatched units from the Intelligence Ministry, various branches of the regime’s security force, and even military units, according to reports from cities across Khuzestan province in the southwest and many other cities in other parts of the country, including Borujerd, Sanandaj, Mahabad, and Ilam. Many people have been arrested in various cities in recent days, and internet connections have been either completely shut down or severely disrupted.
According to social media reports, several protesters have been killed as regime forces have opened fire on the demonstrations.On Saturday, May 14, Seyed Ahmad Avail, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) from Dezful in Khuzestan province, southwest Iran, said, “The individual killed in the recent gatherings was not in Dezful but in Andimeshk.”
Another Majlis deputy from Izeh, Abdullah Izadpanah, acknowledged that a number of protesting youths had been arrested.
On Saturday, Raisi met with Majlis speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and judiciary chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’I, emphasizing the importance of raising the prices of basic necessities. “All agencies must comply with the government to implement this initiative,” they added.
Bagher, Mohammad Khamenei’s representative in Mazandaran province, northern Iran, Mohammadi Laini, expressed the regime’s concern about the spread of information about the recent protests.
“Any negative messages or video clips you receive on your smartphone are from the enemy, the [People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK)].” Please don’t read it! If you do read it, don’t tell anyone! Allow it to settle… “A number of rioters inside the country and [dissidents] outside the country want to seize this opportunity and repeat the [November] 2019 and 2009 street protests,” he explained.
Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), praised the brave people protesting in various cities, saying that the nation’s final victory over the mullahs’ regime will be achieved if the protests and chants of “Death to Khamenei” and “Death to Raisi,” as well as resistance against the IRGC and Basij, continue.
The regime’s media has been deafeningly silent on the demonstrations. According to multiple reports, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security has instructed the media to refrain from reporting on the protests and to avoid using terms like “economic surgery,” “violent response,” and “rallies.”
This is despite the fact that regime vice president Mohammad Mokhber and other regime officials had used the term “economic surgery” to describe the regime’s decision to eliminate subsidies and alter monetary policy.
A leaked audio clip from a senior official in the state-run broadcasting organization revealed a week earlier that the regime had ordered television, radio, and newspapers to refrain from criticizing the government over rising prices because the issue had become “a matter of national security.”
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