Ahvaz protests spread to other cities of Khuzestan ProvincePublished by International Liberty Association on March 31, 2018
The protests of Iranian-Arab citizens in Ahvaz against the repressive and discriminatory policies of the clerical regime have spread to other cities in the oil rich province of Khuzestan including Abadan, Mahshahr, Hamidiyeh and Sheyban.
Iranian state TV’s biased coverage and politically incorrect programming has stirred controversy, at times leading to mass protest rallies. An animation broadcast during a comedy show on March 22 depicted children from various parts of Iran in local costume, but Arabs were absent. Ethnic Arabs of Khouzestan rallied in Ahvaz the following days in protest, and social media videos show clashes between the protestors and riot police.
During the anti-government protests in Ahvaz and other Khuzestan cities, a large number of people, especially young people, were arrested. Women are also among those arrested.
In another development, the workers of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Complex, in Khuzestan, gathered outside the factory for the fourth straight day of their new round of protests.
The city of Shoush has also been the host to sugar cane workers’ protests. They moved to the governorate of Shoush with cars and motorbikes. Four workers were arrested during clashes with police and intelligence forces.