Labor protests have continued in the Ahwaz area (Khuzestan province) on Monday, December 3, as dozens of demonstrators shouted anti-government slogans and demanded payment of back wages. Staff at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran also reportedly staged a demonstration in solidarity with the protesting workers in Ahwaz. Further protests are to be expected in Ahwaz over the coming days, and related demonstrations are possible in other cities. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near demonstration sites.
The protests have reportedly been ongoing in Ahwaz for over three weeks, with some claiming that the Iranian government is seeking to oust Arab workers from factories in the city.
Ahwazi Arabs make up a sizable minority in Khuzestan province, with some advocating for independence and others seeking increased power in a future, federalized government. Khuzestan province has also witnessed several protests in recent months over poor economic conditions, drought and water mismanagement, and perceived discrimination against the Arab minority in the province.
Individuals in Khuzestan province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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