Iranians demonstrate for the fourth night in a row in solidarity with the people of Abadan
Following the May 23 collapse of the 10-story Metropol tower in Abadan, southwest Iran, people in the cities of Tehran, Shahr-e Rey, Andimeshk, Behbahan, Qom, Minoo Island, and Susangerd took to the streets in mourning ceremonies and anti-regime protests on Saturday night, May 28. According to state media, 29 people have died, 37 people have died, and dozens more are believed to be trapped beneath the rubble.
Security forces also forced stores to close, detaining and transporting their owners to unknown locations. Despite the regime’s harsh measures, residents in Tehran held a vigil for the people of Abadan and rallied, chanting “Death to the dictator!” in reference to the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Demonstrators in Andimeshk fought back against security forces dispatched to quell the unrest. Rather than providing relief, the regime has dispatched security forces to various cities to prevent and quell protests since the incident.
Thousands of Iranians took to the streets in solidarity with the people of Abadan in southwest Iran on Friday night, May 27, holding demonstrations and chanting anti-regime slogans. These anti-regime demonstrations took place in the cities of Bushehr, Mahshahr, Shahin Shahr, Ahvaz, Omidiyeh, and Abadan, according to videos posted online.
The regime dispatched a large number of security units to the streets in other cities in Khuzestan province, southwest Iran, including Izeh, to prevent people from holding mourning ceremonies or demonstrations.
Activists continue to report internet outages in cities where protests are taking place, and authorities are using drones to control protesters from above. In videos posted online, state security forces are seen attacking peaceful demonstrators in various cities.
People in Khorramshahr, Abadan, Bandar Abbas, and other cities launched similar gatherings and protest rallies on Thursday night. People at those protests were heard chanting slogans like: “Mullahs must get lost!” “I will kill those who killed my brother!”
In many cities, authorities cut off internet access to prevent the spread of reports about the protests and as a prelude to repressive measures. According to reports circulating on social media platforms, security forces loyal to the regime used anti-riot pellet guns against protesters in Shahin Shahr, Isfahan province.
A large crowd of locals in Abadan, southwest Iran, took to the streets on Wednesday night, May 25, in anti-regime protests sparked by the collapse of the city’s Metropol tower on Monday, May 23. Angry protesters chanted slogans against the regime, local officials, and the corrupt contractor who was responsible for the faulty construction project.
The representative of Khuzestan province in the Supreme Provincial Council stated that the former mayor of Abadan, who oversaw the inauguration of the Metropol tower, now works for the Abadan Municipality’s Investment Organization, adding to public skepticism of the regime’s claims.