Ahwazi Arab people are revolting for their usurped rights
Racism and hate towards Arabs and their culture in Iran are of the most prominent characteristics of the Persian culture.
These negative sentiments were caused by the belief the Arab and Islamic conquest that took place more than 14 centuries ago was the reason for the deterioration of the Persian civilization.
These untruths, promoted at both the popular and official levels, for nearly a century have represented a nightmarish disturbance for all the non-Persian peoples settling within the boundaries of the current geography of Iran.
But the Arab people of Ahwaz, which fell under the occupation of Iran since the 1920s, have been bearing the brunt of the Persian policies.
These behaviors, for the Arab people of Ahwaz, have become unbearable. They are no longer able to put with such culture and practices.
In recent days, protests have broken out in Ahwaz under the theme' I am an Arab' in several areas of the occupied Arab region.
The protests were called 'Second Uprising of Dignity'.
The protests were triggered by the official television's mocking of the Arab people of Ahwaz in one of its most watched shows.
Arabs, who are tormented by the Iranian policies that aim, according to experts, to completely wipe out their presence from this territory, were angered by the behavior. They decided to take to the streets in bulk numbers to express their anger at the move.
Since 1925, the Iranian state, governed by different regimes, has worked to force the Ahwazis from their lands in a flagrant violation of the international norms in this respect.
In this context, Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 prohibits the mass forcible displacement of persons and individuals by governments as acts contrary to international law and norms.
The Ahwazis also protested against the confiscation of their lands, the demolition of Ahwazis’ homes, and demanded an end to the policy of diverting the once-lush region’s rivers to other more arid parts of Iran which has led to widespread desertification to hit huge swathes of lands in Ahwaz.
Also, the regime has been pushing for projects to settle the Persian peoples in the areas where Arabs live.
One of these projects is to bring the people of Lorestan to live in Ahwaz. Former chief of the Revolutionary Guards, Mohsen Rezai, was assigned to accomplishing this mission.
They will be brought to the Arab areas until they outnumber Arabs there and become a majority, according to a document leaked from the office of the reformist president Mohammed Khatami in 2005.
One of the targets of the plan is lowering the number of the Arab population in Ahwaz to 70 percent of the current one within ten years.
But the Iranian authorities failed to achieve this end.
Experts say the ongoing protests in Ahwaz came in response to the grievances that they have been suffering from for decades. They are facing colonial and repressive policies.
They also added that the Iranian schemes aimed to settle Persians in the lands of Arabs are part of the expansionist ideology of the regime.
They cited remarks of Rezai as he addressed people from Lorestan, saying 'we will bring Persians to Shat al-Arab.'
On the recent protests, the commentators said they did not erupt as a result of the state-run TV's mocking of Arabs. There are lingering anger and discontent engendered by the Iranian policies.