“The first night, police stood by and did not interfere in the protests,” a citizen of Ahvaz told IranWire. “The protests went ahead, but we knew that in the coming nights they would fight us with everything they had. Late into the night the news came that somebody in Shadegan has been killed.”
Security Forces Air-Lifted Into Khuzestan on Monday Night
Countless images and videos of the unrest in Khuzestan have been posted on social media in the past few days, but some of the most shocking have been those t posted at noontime on Monday, July 19: a plane on the tarmac of Ahvaz Airport that had flown in anti-riot units. Military commanders were lined up around the plane, looking on as their soldiers disembarked.
Some of those present were wearing masks to guard against coronavirus and the plane appeared to be a Boeing 747, which that the Iranian military usually uses to transport its forces. The images’ authenticity was confirmed some hours later by informed sources in Ahvaz.
“On Monday practically no normal flight landed at Ahvaz Airport,” one told IranWire. “This is the first time we’ve seen soldiers air-lifted to quell protests in Khuzestan. Before this they were always dispatched by land, usually from neighboring provinces like Ilam and Lorestan. But these ones were brought in aboard planes that the Iranian people have paid for.”
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