Despite crackdowns, internet shutdown, protests erupt in Khuzestan over skyrocketing prices, especially of bread

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On Friday and Saturday evenings of May 6 and 7, 2022, enraged residents of Khuzestan province (southwestern Iran), including Ahvaz, Izeh, Baghmalek and Susangerd, took to the streets to protest against the outbreak of prices of essential goods, in particular the astronomical rise in the price of bread. In Ahvaz, people first held sporadic protest rallies in different parts of the city, then marched downtown on Friday evening. In the city of Izeh, people took to the streets on Friday evening, chanting “Khamenei is a murderer, his rule is illegitimate” and “Death to Raisi”. Protesters in Izeh seized a warehouse belonging to Khamenei’s mafia, where flour was stored.

Frightened by the escalating protests, the regime deployed its repressive IRGC, Basij, security and intelligence forces and shut down the internet in most cities in Khuzestan. However, on Saturday evening, residents of Izeh and other places took to the streets for the second night in a row.

In another development, on Saturday May 7, herders from different cities including Qazvin, Qom, Shiraz, Mashhad, Shahroud, Kerman, Isfahan, Yazd and Arak staged a rally in front of the provincial agriculture department. They protested against the high cost of feed and livestock goods and against the disregard of the authorities for their needs. The banner carried by cattle herders in Shiraz read: “Qalibaf (speaker of the regime’s parliament), Raisi, this is the final warning. Bankrupt cattlemen are ready to revolt.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

May 82022