Simultaneous with continuous and widespread power outages in Tehran and other cities and the water shortage crisis in 101 cities across the country, different strata of women have held extensive protests. They believe the leading cause of all their problems is the ruling regime.
In step with the nationwide strike of oil workers, Social Security pensioners, and young teachers have been holding protests in various cities.
Sunday night, July 4, 2021, following power outages in some districts of Tehran, people took to the streets, including in Baharestan and Tehran Pars, and chanted “death to Khamenei” and “death to the dictator.”
Widespread power outages in most cities
In addition to Tehran, other cities, including Gonbad Kavous, Mamasani, Kordkuy, Shiraz, Mashhad, Ilam, and Bushehr, have reported power outages. In most cities, people have held protests. Based on reports circulating in social media, internet lines have become very weak and limited people’s access to the internet.
As many Iranian cities are struggling with the fifth peak of the pandemic, widespread power outages coupled with water cut-offs in summer heat have fed up people. Women and children are more vulnerable than at any other time.
The Water and Sewage Company executive director declared that 101 cities are in the state of red alert. Hamidreza Janbaz in an interview, said: “From 304 cities which have “water tensions,” 101 cities are in a state of red-alert with regards to their water supplies.”
These issues have provoked widespread protests throughout the country.
Oil workers’ strike in 19 cities and 82 refineries
In an article on July 4, 2021, the French Le Monde newspaper wrote about new circumstances in Iranian society. Noting the volatile state of society, Le Monde wrote: “Fear has been lessening and being replaced by anger.”
Social Security pensioners and retirees
Social Security pensioners and retirees held protests in Shush, Isfahan, and Khorramabad on July 4. Women played an active role in these protests.
The angry retirees held their protests outside the Social Security Department in every city. They chanted: “We heard too much rhetoric, but did not see any justice” and “We can gain our rights only by coming to the streets.”
Young “Green-Record” teachers
Young teachers known as “Green-Record” teachers marked the 7th day of their sit-in outside the Education Ministry in Tehran. The Green-Record teachers, primarily women, have declared that they will not stop their round-the-clock sit-in until they reach their demands. Many of these women participate in this sit-in with their small children.
Caretakers and porters
On Sunday, July 4, the janitors, and caretakers of schools protested outside the Education Ministry building in Tehran.
Also, on Saturday, July 3, many porters held a symbolic act of protest by gathering in the Tah-Tah heights of Human. They protest and condemn the direct shooting and killing of many toiling porters by government forces. Women held placards that read “No to the killing of porters.”
Contract workers of Qom medical center
Employees of the Medical Center of Qom hired by contractor companies held a protest in front of the Ministry of Health in Tehran. They want their wages balanced and raised.
Disabled people hold protest in Tehran
On Monday, July 5, a group of people suffering from disabilities held a protest outside the Budget and Planning Organization and demanded access to their rights.
Farmers and the people of Isfahan
They say the regime has deflected the source of the Zayanderoud river from Charmahal and Bakhtiari Province towards the heavy industries in Isfahan and Yazd, which belong to the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the government.