Protests in Iran against rising prices of food and raw materials continue in Iran, and government forces are disrupting the Internet to prevent the spread of protests in cities that have become centers of protests.
Following Thursday night protests in several provinces of Iran, on Friday, May 13, reports were published about the security climate, as well as severe or slow internet in these provinces.
Meanwhile, a Twitter account posted 1,500 images of a 21-year-old man being shot dead by government officials during protests in Andimeshk on Thursday night. This Twitter account mentions the name of this person as Omid Soltani or Nouri.
There have also been reports of protesters being detained in various cities.
The state-run IRNA news agency confirmed the protests in several cities, but officials in the Islamic Republic have not yet released an official report on the protests or statistics on detainees and casualties.
However, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, on Friday called the presidency “an agile government” and tweeted that it would “overcome all obstacles by reforming structures, optimizing resources and supporting the people.”
“The limited protests of some concerned compatriots have nothing to do with the wave of hostile media and their internal sequels,” he warned.
Attributing people’s protests to countries and the media has always been common in the Islamic Republic.
The Friday Imams also issued a concerted statement on Friday, praising the actions of the main government and warning the people.
On Thursday night, several cities in Khuzestan, as well as cities in Lorestan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad provinces, Kermanshah, as well as the city of Fashafoyeh in Tehran province, witnessed demonstrations and slogans against Khamenei and Raisi.
In at least three cities, Izeh, Andimeshk and Shahrekord, security forces fired on people.
In the past few days, mobile internet access in Khuzestan province was facing severe disruptions and disruptions, but as of Thursday evening, the disruption had spread to at least six other Iranian provinces.
Pictures sent from inside Iran on Thursday show the formation of street protests at a high price. Protesters took to the streets in the cities of Andimeshk, Izeh, Shahrekord and several other cities, chanting slogans against President Ibrahim Ra’isi and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and calling for the resignation of government leaders.
In one of these videos, which was recorded in Andimeshk around sunset, the sound of shooting can also be heard.
The street protests began on Thursday (May 12th) as the Iranian government officially raised the prices of chicken, eggs and dairy products from today.
In a statement announcing that from today, the prices of poultry, eggs and dairy products will increase under the heading of “price correction and adjustment”, the Market Headquarters in Iran has said that people who have been paid a living allowance subsidy for the first month can pay from Finally tonight to withdraw this amount.
Announcing the “correction and adjustment of the prices of the goods included in the plan (oil, chicken, eggs and dairy products)”, the announcement said that at the proposal of the Consumers and Producers Protection Organization and with the approval of the Market Regulation Headquarters, the price ceiling of the mentioned goods It has been announced that from Thursday, today, “they are gradually allowed to impose new prices.”
Videos were also posted on social media showing people rushing to stores to buy oil. One of these videos, taken from the Etka store, shows people not allowing a store employee to pick up the oils on the shelves and picking them up.
According to unconfirmed images of the approvals of the food security base of the Ministry of Jihad Agriculture published by the Iranian media on Thursday, the price of each kilogram of chicken for the consumer after removing the preferred currency of production inputs has increased by more than 106% compared to the previous approved price of 64,000 Tomans. .
Also, the price of each two-kilogram egg comb reaches 96,000 Tomans with a double increase compared to the previously approved rate.
In this list, which was signed by Mohsen Kazemini, the deputy head of the food security base, the price of each kilogram of raw milk has doubled to 12,700 tomans, which is followed by an increase in the price of other dairy products.
The highest price increase is related to edible oil, so that the price of each bottle of 810 grams of oil in this list is set at 69,800 tomans, which is more than 5 times more than the previously approved price.
The dollar rate in Iranian exchange offices also exceeded 30,000 tomans on Thursday. Previously, in October 2020, the price of the dollar had gone above 30,000 tomans. At that time, the fall of Iran’s national currency accelerated with the withdrawal of the United States from Borjam on the orders of Donald Trump – in 2018. In less than four years, the exchange rate of the dollar against the rial has increased almost sevenfold.
On the eve of rising prices and the possibility of public reaction and protest, the Revolutionary Guards attacked the positions of Kurdish opposition forces in Iranian Kurdistan on Wednesday.
In these attacks, Revolutionary Guards artillery targeted the positions of Kurdish opposition forces in the border areas of Erbil province, and Revolutionary Guards drones were also used in these attacks.
In response to Iran’s Kurdish parties, they claimed that the Tehran regime had carried out these attacks for no reason in order to divert public opinion from the deep economic crisis.