A wave of protests due to a lack of water in the nation come as Iranians prepare to take part in Ashura next month, a festival where people mourn the death of Imam Hossein. Hossein died over 1,000 years ago after his enemies deprived him of water.
Iranians meticulously regulate their water use at the best of times, but they have been pushed to their limits in recent weeks as the resource continues to be in short supply.
According to the BBC, "the water crisis has devastated agriculture and livestock farming and led to electricity blackouts." They add that while "authorities blame reduced rainfall for the situation ... many locals say the problem is mismanagement and corruption."
Worsening water and energy shortages have sparked protests throughout the country, including the capital, Tehran.
Earlier in the month, when the most recent set of protests began, people were heard to chant "death to Khameini!" And "death to dictator!"
Journalist Masih Alinejad, who was almost kidnapped recently in the United States by the Iranian government after her work exposing the regime, highlighted the brutal tactics being used against the people of Iran.
"Anti-regime demonstrations are still underway in Iran's Khuzestan province," she wrote. "This video is from Susangerd where security forces are seen shooting at innocent protesters asking for water."
"The regime has deprived them of this vital source of life," Alinejad continued.
Some argue that sanctions and the pandemic are the cause of Iran's problems, however Iranians who have been experiencing economic and social unrest for years blame the Islamic regime and its apparent inability to provide for its people.