Iran: Women widely participate in protest demonstrations in Ahvaz
The women of Ahvaz took to the streets on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, for the third consecutive day to take part in demonstrations in protest to the water and power cut-offs and severe air pollution in the capital of Khuzestan Province.
The protesters chanted, “Death to tyranny”, “death to repression”, “we, the people of Ahvaz, won’t accept oppression”, “incompetent officials must be expelled”, “impostor (Massoumeh) Ebtekar, resign, resign”, “clean air is our right, Ahvaz is our city”, “Shame on the State Security Force”, and “unite, unite!”
Massoumeh Ebtekar is Rouhani’s deputy in environmental affairs and head of the Environment Protection Organization.
The Iranian regime has carried out an array of treacherous plans in Khuzestan Province which have led to a disastrous environmental condition in the area and jeopardized people’s health and living.
The plans including the diversion of Karoun and Karkheh rivers’ water, excessive building of dams, and the Oil Ministry’s use of quick and cheap methods of oil extraction, have dried up the ponds and lakes in the area including the famous Hoor al-Azim wetland and Shadegan lagoon.
The Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi said the Iranian mullahs’ regime is the source of all the acute problems that have caused frequent water and power cut-offs and led to unemployment and various diseases for the people.
She pointed out: One cannot expect the mullahs and the regime’s leaders and officials provide any solutions. She called on the nation to help decrease the pressure on the deprived people of this area, especially the sick and vulnerable.
The solution lies in the people’s escalation of protests and uprising to drive back the regime and its officials who have created so many problems in their daily life, she said.
Mrs. Rajavi hailed the people of Ahvaz and Khuzestan, particularly the women and youths, and urged them to unite their ranks to continue their protests and demonstrations in solidarity.