Iranians are protesting against their nation’s Islamic government.
For the past several weeks, Iran has experienced worsening energy and water shortages. As the BBC reported, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged the inconvenience caused by the outages earlier this month: “I apologize to our dear people who have faced problems and suffering in the past few days and I urge them to cooperate [by cutting their electricity use]. People complain about power outages and they are right.”
Rouhani explained in televised remarks on Tuesday morning that the drought meant most of the country’s hydroelectric power plants were not operating, and that electricity consumption had surged as people used air conditioning to cope with the intense summer heat.
Videos on social media appeared to show crowds in Shar-e Rey near Tehran, Shiraz, Amol and elsewhere overnight. Some people can be heard shouting “Death to the dictator” and “Death to Khamenei” — a reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Protests are reported in several