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Iran Protests in 2021: Growing Tensions Hint at What Is to Come

Iran Protests: Widespread protest of the people of Isfahan against water shortage, November 19, 2021

Iran in 2021 saw escalating massive protests by a population growing furious over the multitude of economic, social, and political crises created by the regime.

The last 12 months have seen an already battered economy weakening even further as the regime tries to ward off more protests by triggering a dramatic rise in executions.

Still, eight major uprisings broke out in several provinces, while tens of thousands of teachers across the country staged rallies. These developments have made it abundantly clear that the regime cannot offer any viable solutions to the crises plaguing Iran, brought about by four decades of absolute dictatorship, mismanagement, ineptitude, and endemic state corruption.

Some major protests in 2021 in Iran are:
* January: Protests of retirees in 22 cities
* February: Armed rebellion in Sistan and Baluchestan province
* June: Strike by workers at 60 oil and petrochemical facilities in 19 cities
* July: Uprising of people of Khuzestan for lack of water that expanded to other provinces
* November: Uprising of tens of thousands of people in Isfahan and Shahr-e Kord
* September and December: Two nationwide protests by teachers
* December: Strike in Kurdish cities against the execution of a Kurdish political prisoner
* December: Protests by retirees in 18 provinces
Let’s take a look at a number of major protests in 2021:

February 2021: Sistan & Baluchestan protests
Intense anti-regime protests were triggered after the killing of fuel porters in Sistan and Baluchestan province. These protests lasted for several weeks.
July 2021: Khuzestan protests
The regime killed dozens of demonstrators who were protesting severe water shortages in Khuzestan province.
November 2021: Isfahan Protests
Mass rallies over water shortages and mismanagement shook Isfahan for several weeks. More than 300 people were arrested and over 40 sustained eye injuries when security forces opened fire on protesters.
November 2021: Shahr-e Kord Protests
Mass protests over water shortages and mismanagement by the regime erupted in the city of Shahr-e Kord.

December 2021: Nationwide protests by teachers
Iranian teachers held their largest nationwide protest to date, covering more than 100 cities across Iran. They demanded respect for their basic rights.
December 2021: Nationwide protests by pensioners
Pensioners in 18 provinces rose up in force against abhorrent living conditions and the regime’s corrupt policies.

Originally published at on February 16, 2022.



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