Iran’s gas shortage plagues the country in the midst of escalating protests
Despite having the world’s second-largest natural gas reserves, Iranians are seen waiting in lines for cooking/heating gas and kerosene and posting videos from their homes and stores depicting the severe gas shortage. Meanwhile, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the regime’s foreign minister, has been on a Middle East tour, visiting the mullahs’ allies and promising to meet their energy needs.
During this ongoing crisis, the Iranian people are expressing their disdain for the medieval regime, which is escalating its crackdown on the country. Protests have now spread to at least 282 cities. According to sources from the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the regime’s forces have killed over 750 people and arrested over 30,000.
Non-industrial workers in the port city of Bandar Mahshahr in Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran, went on strike on Sunday morning, demanding answers from officials about long-unresolved issues.
Workers at the OCDC company’s petrochemical site in Gachsaran of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province in southwest Iran gathered today and went on strike, demanding answers to long-standing demands.
Hundreds of people have gathered outside the home of Molana Gergich, a senior figure in the local Baloch community, in Golestan Province, northeast Iran, to prevent authorities from transferring him following his summons by the regime’s Special Clerics Court.
On Saturday morning, around 9 a.m. local time, approximately 500 relatives of ordinary inmates held in the regime’s prison protested the conditions of their jailed loved ones outside the mullahs’ so-called judiciary building. These family members had traveled to Tehran from various distant cities. Some children were seen carrying placards with the words “Don’t execute my father!”
Authorities sent security forces to disperse the crowd in this gathering under the false premise that the judiciary was closed yesterday. People set fire to the office of Khamenei’s local representative in Mallard, a town in Tehran Province. More such attacks are reported in cities, towns, and villages across the country every day, indicating the Iranian people’s growing hostility toward the mullahs’ regime.
The regime’s execution of its own former deputy defense minister Alireza Akbari, a dual citizen of Iran and the United Kingdom was condemned by Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
“In his own words, ex-deputy defense minister Alireza Akbari’s abhorrent execution among IRGC commanders in the Iran-Iraq war and of the Badr Brigade demonstrated Khamenei and [regime President Ebrahim] Raisi’s savagery toward even their closest operatives. The UK must close the regime’s embassy and sever ties with it,” the NCRI President-elect stressed.
Ex-deputy defense minister #AlirezaAkbari abhorrent execution, in his own words among IRGC commanders in the #Iran-Iraq war & of Badr Brigade, showed the savagery of Khamenei & Raisi toward even their closest operatives. UK must shut down regime’s embassy & cut off ties with it.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 14, 2023