Popular Ahwaz café fire raises questions about role of Iran’s IRIB

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

A popular cafe in Iran’s Ahwaz region was burnt down on the 3rd of April 2018, coinciding with the 7th night of Ahwazi Arab uprising against Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). As many as 13 young Arab men who were trapped behind locked doors, died and 14 were severely wounded. Cafe Nawares was located in the southwest of Ahwaz city. It is in an Arab neighborhood called “Dayrah” from which the first Ahwazi Arab uprising of 2005 started. The café was a popular ...

What is happening in Arabistan, the region Iran has dubbed as Khuzestan?

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

When Iran occupied Arabistan region north-west of the Arabian Gulf in 1925, it brazenly changed the name of the region to Khuzestan and made AAhwaz its capital. This occupation came to control a vast area extending from the Strait of Hormuz to the Iraqi border, having a population of more than 10 million people. Thus the second largest oil and gas reserves in the world came under the control of the Iranian regime. The Arab people who live in this land remain in a state of ignorance, poverty and ...

Mohammed Al-Hammadi

Arab Ahwazis protest against Iranian regime for eighth consecutive night

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Iranian security forces violently confronted Arab Ahwaz citizens who continued to protest against the Iranian regime for the eighth consecutive night. Regime forces used rubber bullets and tear gas bombs. According to some activists, these protests were the largest since protests erupted around a week ago. Tuesday’s protest was held after people headed to the Alawi neighborhood to offer their condolences for the death of 11 people. The victims died in a café. Activists accused ...

Security forces suppress Iran’s Ahwaz protests as they reach fourth day

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Iranian security forces, backed by units of anti-riot police and the Revolutionary Guard, suppressed night demonstrations on the fourth day of protests by Arab citizens in the center of the city on Saturday. According to eyewitnesses, security forces used tear gas and violence against protesters to break up the demonstrations that took place west of the city. Videos and images shared on social media and local Ahwaz TV channels showed protesters holding up signs in Arabic, English and Ahwazi ...

WATCH: Ahwaz protesters rally across new areas overnight

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Demonstrations in Ahwaz province in southwest Iran continued after midnight Friday following a segment aired by the Iranian state TV that ignored the Arab origins of the city, which is mostly Arab-populated. Protesters considered the segment an insult from the Iranian regime and part of its continued political discrimination towards them. The protests expanded to the city of Chiban, Abadan and Machour. Social media activists circulated videos showing demonstrators in Chiban city chanting ...

Protests continue in Ahwaz as Iranian forces use violence to limit them

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Videos and images of Iranian forces shooting live ammunition in the air to scare off thousands of Arab Ahwaz protesters have been widely circulated on social media as protesters continue for the second day. According to an Ahwaz human rights group, no injuries have been reported yet, however videos on social media show Iranian forces shooting live ammunition extensively in the air and running young protesters toward downtown Ahwaz to corner them and scare them off. Another video shared by ...

Arab Ahwaz citizens protest against Iran’s IRIB media corporation

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Thousands of Arab citizens gathered in the southwest Iranian city of Ahwaz to protest against Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) corporation after a children’s program omitted any mention of their culture during a show celebrating the country’s diversity. Last Friday and during the second day of Nowruz, Iran’s Channel 2 aired an episode of a children’s show that presented a child placing male and female dolls with traditional cloths from different ethnicities of ...

ANALYSIS: Iranian regime’s policy of dumbing down the population

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Iranian regime’s ban on the teaching of English in its schools is just an extension of its attempt at dumbing down the population in order to force feed them the ideology of Ruhollah Khomeini. It is a method which it has aggressively employed against ethnic groups such as the Ahwazi Arabs in Khuzestan since the 1979 revolution. Persianization of an Arab province The oil-rich province of Khuzestan, which was originally known for its Arab culture and demography and was even called ...

WATCH: Iranian woman rallies against ‘generation that brought down the Shah’

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A video of a woman chanting slogans against the generation that overthrew the shah’s regime in the 1979 Iranian revolution has been widely shared on social networks by Iranian activists. She was also appealing to young people to continue their uprising to overthrow the Mullah’s regime. “I am a woman but I will stand in the frontlines with you young ones, because you represent the Iranian revolution,” she said to a crowd of demonstrators. The video shows crowds of young ...

Ahwaz citizens defy security forces as Iran protests enter fourth day

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Thousands of protesters took the streets in Ahwaz city on Saturday as mass demonstrations across various Iranian cities enter its fourth day in a row. Excessive force was used against protesters in Ahwaz, with several videos on social media showing anti-riot police beating several of them with batons and arrested a large group. At least three people are believed to dead and others were injured after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot at protesters in ‎Doroud, Loerstan province, in ...

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