World Iranian police crack down as protests over dry river turn violent
in Iran, thousands of people manifest against the drying of an
river © Fatmeh Nasr, Iranian Isna / AFP of the Iranians show against the drying of the river of their province because of the drought and its diversion, In the central city of Ispahan on November 19, 2021. In the city of Isfahan, the third city of Iran, thousands of people went down on the street Friday to protest against the dewatering of an iconic river from the center from the country.
Protests inturned violent as cracked down on thousands of people who turned out to demand the revival of a the government diverted to .
Farmers last week protested in Isfahan province along the Zayandeh Rud Riverbed, which dried up after the government diverted the water to factories owned by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The protests descended into violence Friday as riot police charged the crowd in an effort to break it up and send people home. Officers fired tear gas and pellets into the crowd, injuring around 50 people as the crowd continued anti-regime chants, the National Council of Resistance of Iran () reported.
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State TV noted that the river provides livelihood for hundreds of thousands of farmers in the province.
The river routinely faced issues of drought and water shortage, but the government has done little to address the issue in the past despite promises to find solutions. The country’s Supreme Council of Water approved a nine-point plan that involved reviving a major wetland it said was a sustainable option, but the plan never reached full implementation,reported.
President Ebrahim Raisi held a meeting with environmental experts while Vice President Mohammad Mokhber addressed the protesters by phone to assure them the administration was "seriously" following up on the issue.
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How many people at these protests would still go if they knew who they were marching alongside? Certainly, counter-terrorism police will be looking closely at all this activity, especially threats of violence against politicians and others. They will also be interested in attempts by far-right groups to recruit new members. Much of the rhetoric of the far-right groups involved has been transported directly from the US, given much momentum by the Capitol Riots on January 6.
The NCRI reported that the Bassiji, a voluntary paramilitary force, deployed at the scene as well.
The violence followed an alleged arson attempt by security forces, who tried to burn down the tents the farmers had set up during the protest. The city’s municipality "cleaned up" the area following the incident, but the protests continued,reported.
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