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Weekend Reads All understand the violence caused by the water crisis in Iran

20:50  21 july  2021
20:50  21 july  2021 Source:   lexpress.fr

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of the media in Persian emitting abroad spoke of manifestations repressed by the police in Khouzestan, struck by a drought.

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The water crisis intensifies in Iran . Khouzestan, which houses the main deposits of Iranian oil, has been struck since the end of March by a drought behind events in several cities since last week. A police officer was killed by "rioters", reported the official Irna agency on Wednesday.

The facts. "During the riots on Tuesday night in Talaqani (NDLR: a district of the mahshahr port city), officers (...) have been shown on a roof, according to Fereydoun Bandari, Acting Governor of the County, Cité by IRNA. A police officer was killed and another injured in the leg, he added.

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The governor did not specify whether the demonstrations in Mahshahr were linked to those who shake the rest of the province. A person had already been killed on Friday at gatherings in the city of Chadegan, 70 kilometers south of Ahvaz, the provincial capital, according to IRNA.

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Internet access is disturbed in Ahvaz and completely cut in Chadegan, wrote on Tuesday evening around midnight the daily reformer Etemad. The "courageous people" of Khouzestan, province devastated by the war between Iran and Iraq (1980-1988), "wants water, that's all," said another reformist title, Arman- e melli.

Why it's important. In recent days, the media in Persian emitting abroad spoke of demonstrations repressed by the police, while the Iranian media were at first rather quiet on the subject. Videos published by these media and on social networks and whose AFP could not verify authenticity show hundreds of people manifest, framed by the anti-riot police. The site The observers of France 24 published several videos of the events.

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"We strongly insisted that security forces do not violently affect the population, let alone opened fire," said Khouzestan Governor Tuesday, Qassem Soleimani-Dachtaki, cited by the ISNA AGENCY. "The people are expensive," he said.

The Sazandegi Reformer Journal called the outgoing President, Hassan Rohani, and his successor elected, Ebrahim Raisssi, to travel to the province to talk to the protesters, "promise improvements and ask them to return home". The government had sent Friday a delegation of deputy ministers.

On Wednesday, state television showed images of long lines of trucks carrying water, indicating that they had been sent to Khouzestan by the guardians of the Revolution, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic.

The context. Khouzestan, where the main Iranian oil deposits are located, is home to a large Arab minority. The population regularly complains of being left behind by the authorities. The province had been one of the hot spots of the protest wave - violently repressed - against power in November 2019.

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"There were some pre-running signs of protests in the province for a while, but the authorities, like Always, waited until the last minute "to take them into account, Etime Etemad. The penis "I am thirsty" in Arabic is widely used on local social networks to draw attention to the fate of Khouzestan, according to the daily.

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Khouzestan has been hit since the end of March by a drought causing events in several cities. More broadly, Iran, arid country, has a chronic drought for several years. Since the beginning of the month, many cities across the country are subject to frequent electricity cuts, result, according to the government, a drought of an unprecedented scale for 11 years having strongly affected the retaining lakes of hydroelectric dams from the country.

Jadis very fertile (she was the cradle of the elamite civilization, who knew her apogee in the second millennium BC), the plain of Khouzestan is regularly struck by the drought and by sandstorms from Iraq or the Peninsula Arabic, phenomena that have been growing for more than fifteen years.

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