Iran has arrested about 30 people following the anti-government protests that broke out in the southwestern city of Behbahan on Thursday, the Iranian Human Rights Activists’ News Agency (HRANA) said on Friday.
Protests broke out in Behbahan in the oil-rich Khuzestan province on Thursday with demonstrators demanding the overthrow of the regime, according to videos shared on social media.
Protesters attacked Iran’s clerical rulers, chanting “we don’t want a clerical regime” and “clerics must get lost.”
Watch: Protesters in #Iran’s southwestern city of #Behbahan in oil-rich Khuzestan province chant "not Gaza, not Lebanon, I give my life for Iran," as demonstrations slowly spread to other cities.#IranProtestshttps://t.co/f19il498t0 pic.twitter.com/bC2402OiOV
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) July 16, 2020
Anti-government protests broke out across Iran in November 2019 after the government introduced gasoline rationing and price hikes. Thousands were arrested and about 1,500 Iranians were killed by security forces, according to a Reuters report.
Watch: “Iranians would rather die than live without dignity,” chant protesters in #Iran’s southwestern city of #Behbahan as activists call for nationwide Friday protests against the regime.#IranProtestshttps://t.co/f19il498t0 pic.twitter.com/JO79iQ6nFm
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) July 17, 2020