Ahwazi resistance forces this morning killed a senior Iranian regime official in the region, a director of one of the regime’s sugarcane refineries.
According to Ahwazi sources, the national resistance of Ahwaz fighters ambushed Ali Hassanvand, an infamous Iranian official notorious in the area for his racist abuse of the indigenous Ahwazi Arab people, on Saturday morning as he was leaving his office at the regime-owned Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company’s headquarters in the Qumat of Sush area. According to sources in Ahwaz, the fighters used Kalashnikov machine guns in the attack on Hassanvand’s car, showering the vehicle with bullets, which killed Hassanvand along with his driver.
Hassanvand, who lived in one of the ethnically homogenous settlements built in the Arab region for Iranian settlers, which the indigenous Arab people are not allowed to live in, was one of the regime’s most prolific investors in the sugar refineries in the region. The regime has displaced thousands of Ahwazi people in order to turn their lands into sugar cane plantations and to build environmentally destructive riverside refineries which use massive quantities of water and pump untreated toxic chemicals directly back into the rivers. Adding insult to injury, Ahwazis are banned from all but the most menial jobs on the plantations and at the refineries, which are ruinously expensive to run, costing more to operate than they make in profit. The number of Ahwazis employed to work in these menial posts on the plantations and at the refineries has been gradually reduced from 3,000 to 500 workers in recent years, with the regime continuing to build ethnically homogenous Persian-only settlements and offer jobs and bonuses to Persian Iranians to attract them to the region. This is part of an organised regime strategy to displace the Arab population and replace or outnumber it with ethnically Persian settlers, with the indigenous people effectively disregarded and subjugated under a de facto apartheid system. Ahwazis are routinely arrested for such ‘crimes’ as speaking their own Arabic language or wearing their traditional Arab garb. The regime exercises brutal control of Ahwaz, which previous Iranian rulers first annexed in 1925, due to the fact that the region, once an autonomous state, contains over 95 percent of the oil and gas reserves claimed by Iran.
Saturday’s attack is the second operation by the Ahwazi resistance in recent days, with resistance forces killing two officers from the regime’s notoriously brutal security services and wounding dozens more in an operation on Monday, May 15th in the Mujahid neighbourhood of the eponymously named regional capital city, Ahwaz.