>extreme drought that has hit Khuzestan rspecially hard and combined with constant power outages, poor water rationing and a covid situation that is not improving, people have been pushed to the breaking point.
I don't doubt that all this is true to one extent or another. The US has a special kind of hateboner for Iran so it would surprise me if they're not involved on some corner as well but I'm sure there are many people who are protesting over legitimate grievances. However it's worth keeping in mind that these material grievances are exacerbated by US sanctions on Iran.
Look, do I support Islamic theocracy? No.
Do I doubt the Iranian government is repressive against both liberal and socialist elements? No.
Do I doubt there are legitimate complaints regarding stuff like corruption, incompetent governance, inequality, etc? No.
But Iran is a bulwark for resistance to US imperialism/hegemony in the region right now. They support the armed resistance in Palestine (including the communist PFLP), they support Hezbollah, they support Ansarallah, they assisted Syria in defeating the US/Saudi backed salafi-contras, and they support groups like the PMF in Iraq. A liberal government would probably be better than the Islamic government in certain ways (at least in theory) but I'm worried that a colour revolution or some other kind of uprising would jeopardize Iran's resistance. I obviously can't do anything about it either way so I'll just watch and see what happens.