World Iranian police crack down as protests over dry river turn violent
River drowning fears as COVID-19 puts pause on swim safety
Water safety experts fear missed swimming lessons and a fast-flowing Murray River could lead to drownings this summer. Aquatic facilities within South Australia have at times operated at a reduced capacity or closed entirely due to COVID-19 restrictions.Royal Life Saving Society operations manager Jake Culkin said the absence of swim safety classes may be reflected in the number of drowning accidents this summer."We are unfortunately not anticipating a decrease in those drowning statistics anytime soon," he said.Rivers are the leading location for drownings across Australia.
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.
Huge crowds descend on Melbourne, Sydney and other capitals for pandemic protests
Protesters are beginning to fill parts of Australian cities as part of nationwide protests against COVID-19 vaccination and pandemic bills.Thousands of people are holding "freedom rallies" in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane today.
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.
Brave cop saves boys being swept away in flood waters
Sergeant Joel Hunter will be recommended for a bravery award after saving two 11-year-old boys in a daring flood rescue in the swollen Lachlan River, near Condoblin, in the central west of NSW.Two 11-year-olds were swept away in the swollen Lachlan River, near Condoblin, in the central west of NSW on Saturday as weather conditions continued to deteriorate.
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.
Tasmanian report showing waterways deteriorating was kept secret, department did not want a 'bombshell', documents show .
Right to Information files show a communication strategy was drafted for a major report showing a deterioration in Tasmanian rivers, but the department marked it as an internal document.The report drew on more than 20 years of monitoring data from 85 sites on Tasmanian rivers, and showed 46 per cent of those sites had declined in recent years, with many severely or significantly impaired.