Interview with Human Rights Activist Karim Dahimi on Recent Protests in Khuzestan

Demonstration against the increase in the gas prices started in Khuzestan province on Friday, November 15th, 2019, and are said to continue in some cities and areas of the province.

The protests started in Khorramshahr and then spread to other cities in the province and were violent in most areas. In the cities of Behbahan, Khorramshahr, Abadan, Ahwaz, Mahshahr and Chamran, many protesters, including several women and children, were killed, wounded or detained.

Human rights activist Karim Dahimi in an interview with the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners said: “The protests in Khuzestan started from Khorramshahr and on the first day six people were killed in Khorramshahr and one was killed in Abadan. The identity of five of them have been obtained. There are several towns and cities side by side to Mahshahr, where the protests were taking place as well. All of these protests in provided statistics are under Mahshahr County.”

Mr. Dahimi further added: “The clashes that took place around Mahshahr and in Chamran and Taleghani towns on November 18th, 2019, were actually happened in this form: since these two town are in small areas where there is no governor’s office or governorship and … the people had held their rallies in front of the security, law enforcement or Friday’s Imam’s office. When protesters got close to these places, they were shot, and security forces were called for special units. Unfortunately, about twenty people were killed in these two small areas, including two women and one teenager that their identities have been obtained.”

According to this human rights activist, eight people were killed in Bandar Imam and Bandar Mahshahr. The number was obtained from a law enforcement official.

Khuzestan Governor Gholamreza Shariati has reported on protests of protests in 15 cities in the province. Yesterday, official sources confirmed the arrest of 180 people in Khuzestan province. Some local news agencies have also reported the deaths of civilians in the province.

Up to today’s date number of people killed in South West cities of Iran from November 15th to November 18th, 2019 are as follows:

Mahmareh (Khorramshahr):

۱-Meysam Adghipour, 30 years old

۲- Khalid Moniat, son of Wahab

۲- Ali Ghazlawi, 12 years old

۵-Mild Hamidawi

۲- Two people from Kut al-Sheikh region

Abadan:

  • Ali Baghlani, son of Taher

Ahwaz:

۱- Hamzeh Savari, 22 years old, son of Fazel from Ramadan street

۲- Mohammad Reza Asafi Zargani, 20 years old, Zargan area

Behbahan:

  • Mohammad Hossein Qnavati
  • Ehsan Abdollah Nejad
  • Mehrdad Dashti Zadeh
  • Mahmoud Dashti Zadeh
  • Ahmad Hashemdar

City of Jarahi (Chamran city) Mahshahr County

  • Ahmad Khajeh Alba’li (Daris)
  • A young man whose last name is… ..Hatavi, son of Abdullah
  • Ghasem Bawi, son of Mansour
  • Mohammed Khaledi
  • Adnan Halali
  • Miss…. Mukhtar Atiqi’s Wife (Miss’s name unknown)

Taleghani town of Mahshahr County

  • Abbas Asakereh
  • Youssef Khalid
  • Mansour Daris
  • Mojtaba Ebadi

Shadegan:

The death of the 4 people is reported, but there is no info on their identities

Mahshahr Bandar Imam:

۸ dead have been seen at Narges Mahshahr Hospital

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