In the city of Abadan and other cities in the Iranian province of Arabistan-Ahvaz, mass demonstrations and protests took place, which started a few days ago and continued until late in the evening of the Sunday to Monday. A notable development that took place during these protests was that Arab tribes, who make up the majority of the region’s population, joined the protesters in Abadan and raised the characteristic flags of each tribe.
It should be noted that the Iranian central authorities, after the fall of the “Arab emirate”, headed by Prince Khazal al-Kaabi, gave the name “Khuzestan” to the region of Arabistan, which was called historically “Ahwaz”, and politically as “Awaz”. According to videos posted on social media, Arab tribesmen and residents of the city of Abadan itself chanted slogans in Arabic in the style of haws or al-yazal, a verbal-kinetic folk art that combines chants poetry and physical movements. for example, knocking two men down. Arab tribesmen also fired into the air, warning Iranian security forces not to fire at protesters.
It should be noted that the Arabs, who constitute the majority of the population of the province of Arabistan al-Ahwaz, belong to the tribes of Bani Kaab and Bani Tarf Tay, Bani Tamim, Bani Asad, Az-Zarkan, Al-Bawiya. , Al-Hamid, Al-Qatir, Banu Kinana, Khazraj, Al-Sawaid, Al-Bobald and Al-Hawahim with their various branches, as well as Bani Khalid, Al-Fatla and Al-Sawariya. Protesters broke up a government funeral in the city of Abadan on Sunday night, chanting anti-government slogans and preventing preacher Mohsen Haidari al-Qatir, the region’s representative in the Assembly of Experts, from speaking.
It also released videos of special forces shooting directly at protesters in the streets, forcing shops to close and transforming protests into the back streets of Abadan, the province’s second largest city after Ahwaz. Thus, the mass protests continued about a week after the collapse of the Metropol tower in Abadan and other towns in the region, such as Ahwas, Muhammara, Maashour, Al-Amidiya, Salhiya and the island of Salbukh. solidarity with them. The protests have spread to other cities such as Bushehr, Bandar Abbas, Shahin Shahr and parts of the capital Tehran.
Meanwhile, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday morning that the death toll in the Metropol Tower collapse had risen to 31 after two more bodies were found under the rubble. According to the agency, rescuers have also identified the body of another person, but his body has not yet been pulled from under the concrete.
Meanwhile, the atmosphere in major cities across the Arab region, particularly Abadan, Ahwas and Muhammar, continues to be described as tight security, with some citizens confirming the deployment of special forces in high-profile areas and blackouts mobile Internet from Saturday evening. In another video, Imam Jumaa Abadan addressed the attendees of the commemoration ceremony for the victims of the Metropol Tower collapse saying, “Well done, you people of Abadan.” In another video, protesters chanted slogans such as “We are all warriors, fight us so that we fight you” and “Oh Bashiji, go back where you came from”. The demonstrators blamed systemic corruption in public institutions as the most important cause of events such as the collapse of the Metropol tower in Abadan on the one hand, and condemned the harsh living conditions and the confiscation of freedoms on the other hand.