Protests erupted in the city of Saravan, southeast Iran, when the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) opened fire on a group of deprived Baluchi fuel porters, killing and wounding dozens. People in different parts of Sistan and Baluchistan staged protests and strikes, in some cities attacking IRGC bases.
These protests indicate the Iranian society’s restiveness. The Iranian regime has been killing deprived fuel porters in Sistan and Baluchistan, under the pretext of fighting smuggling. Yet, the IRGC controls Iran’s smuggling network.
In Saravan, locals staged protests and local business owners went on strike on Tuesday. Despite the heavy presence of IRGC forces, people stormed the governorate. IRGC forces opened fire on the crowd, killing dozens of them, yet locals continued their protests. Simultaneous with the protests in Saravan, locals of the Keshtegan village, at the zero point of the border, known as the “Bam Posht” section clashed with the regime’s forces in front of the IRGC base. Protests in Saravan indicate society’s restiveness and the mullahs’ failure to control it despite killing 1500 protesters during the November 2019 uprising or choosing a criminal coronavirus policy to slowly kill people through inaction and cover-up of the deadly virus. Protests in Iran also indicate that the mullahs’ regime is neither able nor willing to resolve Iran’s economic crisis.
The regime has enough funds to help people, but, according to Reuters, it instead spends “$600 million” to reconstruct holy shrines of the Shi’ite Imams in Iraq, to increase its ominous influence in the region. The regime’s economic mismanagement has forced many people to live in poverty, and many Iranians in different provinces, such as Sistan and Baluchistan, become porters to make their ends meet. Yet, the IRGC kills them.