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Weekend Reads Dressing of a river in Iran: the police patrols in Ispahan after clashes

16:20  28 november  2021
16:20  28 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The anti-riot police led patrols Sunday on the two historical bridges of the Iranian city of Isfahan, where calm returned after the protests enamelled from violence against the drying up of an emblematic river.

"In the morning, the city was calm and normal traffic. I saw anti-riot police patrolling in the riverbed between historic bridges, but their number was less than Saturday," said a local photographer seal by phone.

For more than two weeks, tens of thousands of people, according to the police, gathered in the third city of the country to complain about the terrible drought and reproach the authorities to divert the water from this region to supply the province Neighbor of Yazd who is so cruelly lacking water.

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Friday, for the first time, the event was enamelled with clashes between law enforcement and protesters.

The next day, the authorities announced 67 arrests among the "main authors and distortions of trouble", mentioning "about 2,000 to 3,000 riots".

  Assèchement d'une rivière en Iran: la police patrouille à Ispahan après des heurts © Provided by GEO

The police shot tearful grenades on the protesters who fought with stone jets, according to the Press Agency Fars.

The spokesperson for the Isfahan University Hospital reported injured protesters, including "two in a serious state".

The Head of the Isfahan Police, Mohammad-Reza Mirheidari described "opportunists and counter-revolutionaries" those who participated in troubles.

The Kayhan UltraConservative newspaper on Sunday the link between the recovery of nuclear talks Monday in Vienna between Iran and the great powers, and the protesters of Isfahan, presented as doing the game of the American enemy.

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"Friday events around (the drying river) Zayandh-Roud testify to the infiltration of a fifth American column, as the talks of Vienna, to provoke a riot and push to (new) sanctions" American against Iran, writes the newspaper.

  Assèchement d'une rivière en Iran: la police patrouille à Ispahan après des heurts © Provided by GEO

The Zayandh-Roud River through Isfahan has been dry since 2000, except for some brief periods. It has become the main place of rally of protesters.

Iran, arid country, has been chronic drought for years.

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