UN chief Michele Bachelet said on Dec.6, “The picture now emerging from Iran is extremely disturbing”. One of the worst incidents took place in the city of Mahshahr in southwest Iran on Nov. 18 when security forces fired at protesters with machine guns, killing at least 23 and possibly many more.
The city of Mahshahr is one of Iran’s important ports for the export of crude oil and oil-related products. Crude extracted from the Province of Khoosestan is transported to the Abadan refinery and the final products are destined to the city of Mahshahr for export. This makes Mahshahr an important city in Iran. Socially, ethnic minorities such as the Arabs and Turks make up the fabric of the city.
During the Iran-Iraq war, many found refuge in this city and later, opted to make it their permanent place of residence. Mahshahr is home to more than 20 Petrochemical Complexes, ranking it as one of the largest petrochemical centers in Iran and the Middle East.
In the last 4 decades, Mahshahr has been the scene of numerous protests and uprisings against poverty, hunger, and unemployment.
The people of Mahshar have felt shortchanged by the regime of the mullahs. On one hand, their city’s oil and oil products have been exported abroad and their share of the export money has not been made available to them but instead has been used for terrorist activities of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. In fact, their share of such a rich city has been the bullets that have been shot at them in their recent uprising. The youths of Mahshar have been slaughtered by the regime because of their participation in the protests.
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