Iranian Authorities And Supreme Leader: Fear In Face Of Growing Unrest – OpEd


Demonstrations by angry people in flood-affected areas of Iran are on the rise, according to a statement by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which highlights the call by Maryam Rajavi, president of the NCRI, for army and IRGC facilities to be made available to the population to save victims of the floods.

The statement refers to the demonstration of angry people in Malashiyeh, a suburb of Ahvaz, Khouzestan province, against the presence of a Revolutionary Guard Commander (IRGC), Mohammad Reza Naghdi, in the region. The people affected by the floods shouted: “Get out! Ahvaz will remain free,” forcing him to leave. People also shouted, “Khuzistan has been submerged in water, the authorities are asleep!” Mohammad Reza Naghdi is Deputy Commander for Social and Cultural Affairs of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (RGC), former leader of the Bassij militia and one of the most criminal commanders of the IRGC.

In the afternoon of Apr.12, residents of Ein Do (Seyed-Karim), west of the city of Ahvaz, gathered to protest against the lack of flood evacuation to the marshes and the lack of means to build flood barriers. They chanted “This land has brave men that no one will dare approach them”, and they “wanted us to be humiliated, but we refused it”.

Protest demonstrations against the mullahs’ regime continue at night in parts of Ahvaz.

The Iranian dictator is terrified by the escalation of social dissent following the catastrophic effects of the recent floods and the astronomical rise in the cost of living, which could turn into a widespread uprising to overthrow the regime

In the meantime, the regime, under the pretext of distributing relief to victims of the recent floods, has deployed Iraqi militants and mercenaries associated to the terrorist Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and Quds Force to flood-hit areas of Khuzestan Province in southeast Iran. This measure, despite its appearance, is aimed at quelling public anger, building up due to government inaction in dealing with the floods.

However, the presence of these mercenaries has actually increased public anger and frustration, and also exacerbated the regime’s internal crisis.

One day after the deployment of the Iraqi militants, known as Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces/Units), and following a scene where people protested the presence of former IRGC Basij commander Mohammad-Reza Naghdi, in Khuzestan province, the state-run ISNA news agency published photographs of Iraqi engineering units in Iran. This actually flared up a new crisis between the mullahs’ rival factions.

Another report indicates that the clerical regime is using its Afghan mercenaries, known as the Fatemiyoun and associated with the IRGC Quds Force, to control the situation in flood-ravaged areas.

The Tasnim news agency, associated with the IRGC Quds Force, provided a report reading in part:

“The first group of the paramilitary Afghan Basij force, part of the Fatemiyoun Division, has arrived in Poledokhtar (Lorestan Province, western Iran) through Mashhad and Tehran.”

This is at a time when the Iranian people, including the youth and even children in flood-hit areas of Lorestan and Khuzestan provinces, are coordinating relief efforts and erecting floodgates. All the while the IRGC, which is equipped with heavy machinery and engineering facilities, boats and helicopters, refuses to use these means to help flooded areas.

A statement from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) on Sunday revealed the repressive measures behind the regime stationing Hashd al-Shaabi and other mercenaries in the flood-hit areas.

In this regard, IRGC Colonel Shahin Hasanwand said 24 people were arrested on ridiculous charges of “spreading flood rumors” in Khuzestan province.

On the other hand, in recent days, the mullahs’ regime has transferred a large number of militants affiliated to the terrorist Quds Force in Iraq, known as Hashd al-Shaabi, on the pretext of distributing aid to flood victims, with weapons and armored vehicles to Ahvaz and other parts of Khuzestan to suppress the dissent.

The state media used a ridiculous justification to cover up the scandal of the widespread presence of Hashd al-Shaabi in the flood-hit areas, saying that the forces had gone to Khuzestan in coordination with the clerical regime to protect Iraq, especially the city of Amara, against the flood!

Moreover, according to government media, another group of the Quds Force Iraqi mercenaries, known as Nojaba, “with more than 100 light and heavy vehicles, entered the territory of Iran from the Mehran border … “

According to the same media,” all managers of representative offices of Nojaba in Iraq and the Head of the Executive Council of the Movement accompany the caravan.”

On the other hand, the Afghan and Pakistani militants of the Revolutionary Guards (known as Fatemiyoun and Zeinbaiyoun) have been stationed in some flood-affected areas, such as Lorestan.

IRGC General Qasem Soleimani, the criminal leader of the Quds Force, has gone to the flood-affected areas to monitor these repressive measures.

Hassan Mahmoudi

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and Social Media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.

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