For more than two weeks, residents of Isfahan have been staging protests to protest the severe drought, with officials accusing them of diverting water from the Jayante Root River, 400 km south of the city center. Tehran – The neighboring province of Yazd needs water.
For the first time on Friday, November 26, the protest was accompanied by clashes between police and protesters. Isfahan University Hospital spokesman Nurotin Soldanian was quoted by the Mehr news agency on Saturday as saying that protesters were injured. “The situation of the two is worrying”.
“We have arrested 67 of the main culprits and troublemakers.”, For his part, senior National Police officer, General Hassan Karami, told the Force News Agency. He said“About 2,000 to 3,000 rioters in unrest on Friday”. The arrests were made by police, revolutionary guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic of Iran and intelligence.
Tear smoke bombs against throwing stones
On Saturday, the city of Isfahan was quiet, according to witnesses, where riot police were stationed. “I would walk along the river bed with friends, but today riot police are heavily stationed near the Katjo Bridge, and they are urging residents to avoid this area.”, Said a fifty-year-old man who was contacted by phone.
Friday, “After the farmers are gone [du point de rassemblement], Opportunists and counter-revolutionaries were in place, Isfahan Police Chief Mohammad-Reza Mirheitari said. There are security services “Those who destroy public property can be identified and arrested”.
எதிர்ப்பாளர்கள் மீது கண்ணீர் புகை குண்டுகளை வீசிய போலீசார், கல் வீச்சுக்கு பதிலடி கொடுத்தனர், ஆம்புலன்சின் கண்ணாடிகளை அடித்து நொறுக்கினர் மற்றும் போலீஸ் மோட்டார் சைக்கிளை எரித்தனர் என்று ஃபார்ஸ் செய்தி நிறுவனம் தெரிவித்துள்ளது.
“Some of our colleagues were injured when stones were thrown, firecrackers exploded and sound bombs exploded. Others were shot with hunting rifles. ”Mirheitari added on television. “A policeman was also stabbed, but his health is satisfactory.”, He said again.
Dry river since 2000
The Zayandeh Rud River, which flows through Isfahan, has been dry since 2000, except for a few short periods. It has become a major gathering place for protesters. Mr. According to Karami, The rallies last week were attended by 30,000 to 40,000 farmers and Isfahan residents..
On Saturday, the ultra-conservative newspaper Kayhan charged “Mercenary thugs for starting riots” In Isfahan. On the other hand, the reformist newspaper Etemad saw a sign in these meetings “Protesters do not trust government to solve problems”.
The United States, Iran’s arch-enemy, has declared itself “Deep Concern” From “Violent Repression” Against the protesters “Quiet” In Isfahan, under the rules of the State Department. “The Iranian people have the right to express their frustration and hold their government accountable.”.
On Thursday, Force said an agreement was reached between farmers and officials in the Isfahan area regarding the supply of 50 million cubic meters of water. According to the agency, the pipeline carrying water from Isfahan province to Yast was destroyed by a bulldozer and three water tanks on Thursday evening. Thus, drinking water was cut off in the Yastu areas.
The arid country of Iran has been experiencing prolonged drought for years, resulting in regular flooding due to soil hardness and more or less violent rainfall.