Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Widespread blackouts and water shortage sparks protests across Iran

Frequent and unannounced power outages in Iran have caused anger among people, resulting in protests across Iran in recent days. A crisis that could cost the lives of patients hospitalized in medical centers, whose life depends on electronic devices.

The continuation of power outages in at least 15 locations of Iran, including Tehran, Qazvin, Karaj, Shahriar, Rasht, Bandar Abbas, Ahvaz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Zahedan, Kermanshah, Karaj, Semnan, and Zabol has been reported by citizens. Officials at the national electricity company in Iran said the cause of the power outages was receiving an order to do so, as two of the main power plants in the country are “out of order.” However, Iran’s electricity industry spokesman earlier stated that the “unauthorized extraction of cryptocurrencies was one of the main reasons behind power outages.”

The reason behind the widespread blackouts is Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps(IRGC) illegal cryptocurrency mining in cooperation with Chinese companies.

In addition, many parts of the country face severe water crises due to the inability of authorities to manage minimal rainfall. In this regard, the CEO of The National Water and Wastewater Company said that 101 cities are in a red state of water supply.

Extended power cuts that started in May decreased in the first half of June before the controversial presidential election on June 18 as it became certain that millions of disenchanted voters were inclined to boycott the vote. After the election, when a hardliner judge well-known for his human rights violations was announced the winner, power cuts again became more frequent.

The continuation of unannounced power cuts has resulted in people gathering in many cities, sparking protests across Iran. In Tehran and countless other cities, people are shouting “Death to the dictator”.

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