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Iran: Power outages protests expose the regime’s fading power

Power outages in Iran
Power outages in Iran

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 6, 2021—Power outages in Tehran and other Iranian cities have caused mass protests in the past few days. Night demonstrations on Sunday and Monday night slammed the Iranian regime for its destructive policies. In several areas, the demonstrators called for the ouster of the mullahs’ regime and its supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

The night rallies are taking place while the regime’s security forces are on full alert to prevent potential protests following the sham presidential election. The Iranian society is on the verge of explosion and the regime is rallying all its might to prevent nationwide uprisings like those that happened in 2018 and 2019.

 

 

The regime’s only response to social outrage is the ratcheting up of suppression, and this is mostly reflected in its new choice for presidency, Ebrahim Raisi, a criminal and mass murderer who has spent his entire career prosecuting and executing dissidents and opposition members.

But the regime’s is losing its hold on the situation and more and more people and communities join daily protests taking place in different Iranian cities. On Monday night, power outage protests took place in more than 20 cities across Iran. In Fashafuyeh, the people blocked roads in protest to electricity cutoffs. In Tehran, the people were chanting “down with Khamenei.” In some cities, the people are calling for the resignation of the electricity minister.

 

 

The people are past the point of being afraid of the regime’s repressive forces. They are simultaneously faced with poverty, unemployment, skyrocketing inflation, ever-increasing costs of living, environmental problems, government corruption, repression, and power outages. The electricity protests are happening in tandem with protests by oil workers, farmers, pensioners, creditors, and many other communities. And the situation is gradually slipping through the regime’s hold.

Regime officials are comparing current conditions to the situation that led to the 1979 revolution. In the past four decades, the mullahs have only managed to maintain their hold on power through violence and deceit. There’s no question that the regime does not have the capacity to contain the explosive state of the society. The real question is, when will the next nationwide uprising take place.