You see a page from the old site of Iran International that is no longer updated. Visit to view the new site.

Rouhani’s chief of staff confirms massacre in Mahshahr city

President Rouhani’s chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, and a member of parliament confirmed the reports about the massacre of protesters in Mahsharh city in November.

Vaezi claimed on Wednesday that during the protests in Mahshahr, “in a strange turn of events,” a group of armed individuals shot at the people and the police. He added that these people “had made trenches in Mahshahr and Asaluyeh and had weapons.”

Vaezi claimed that these people were at least partly responsible for the massacre in Mahshahr. He did not mention the number of killed protesters in the city or the other groups or individuals responsible for the killings.

On the other hand, MP Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi claimed that some of the people killed in Mahshahr intended to “sabotage the country’s main energy distribution network and added: “Many people were killed in Mahshahr and we know exactly who they were.”

Implying that the shootings were justified, Hashemi said: “Don’t they know what would happen if they decide to attack the main energy lines?”

A few days ago, the governor and chief of police of Mahshahr had confirmed the massacre of protesters in the city’s everglades. Reports indicate that approximately 100 protesters were killed while seeking shelter in Mahshahr’s everglades.

Mahshahr is close to several massive petrochemical plants but is a very impoverished area in Khuzestan province.

Despite at least four confirmation by officials about the massacre of protesters in Mahshahr, no official report has been released about the number of the victims.

Iran in Brief
City officials in Iran's capital Tehran are planning to put locks on large waste containers in the streets to prevent garbage pickers from accessing waste.More
The Biden Administration has confirmed to the US Congress that sanction imposed by its predecessor on Iran have drastically reduced Iran's trade with the world.More
The UK government said on Sept 20 that Britain would "not rest" until all its dual nationals being held in Iran were returned home.More
President Ebrahim Raisi’s vice president in women’s affairs has refused to support an age limit in child marriage, a controversial issue in Iran.More
In first news about detained Iranian dissident rap singer Toomaj, Iran International has learned that was arrested by the intelligence ministry.More