Water crisis protests reportedly continue in Iran, with chants in capital

The protests began in southwest Khuzestan province and unfold to the close by metropolis of Aligoodarz in western Lorestan province.

Authorities are blaming the deaths in Aligoordarz on “suspicious bullets shot by some unknown people who penetrated among peaceful protesters,” state media stated.

People have been demonstrating for greater than every week over water shortages throughout Iran’s worst drought in over half a century that has affected households, agriculture, livestock farming, and led to energy blackouts.

According to 2 impartial sources within the oil-rich Khuzestan province, who spoke to CNN on situation of anonymity, the precise variety of individuals killed in over every week of protests is greater than formally reported.

One witness, who was at a protest in Khuzestan province, advised CNN that folks have been shot lifeless by anti-riot police and safety brokers, and {that a} continued heavy safety presence remained in Khuzestan on Saturday.

The dissident Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) on Saturday reported that no less than 10 individuals died within the protests and an unknown variety of individuals have been injured.

At least 102 individuals have been arrested previously 10 nights in 30 cities and cities throughout Iran, in response to HRANA.

Several movies uploaded by social media customers final week confirmed safety forces utilizing tear gasoline to disperse protesters, with one other video on social media exhibiting activists gathering outdoors the Tehran Interior Ministry to voice help for Khuzestan protesters.

“We call on law enforcement forces not to harm protesters calling (for) access to water,” a outstanding activist, Narges Mohammadi, stated within the video.

Security forces beefed up their presence in Tehran, the place within the capital’s Azadi sq., anti-riot police have been seen stationed with armored automobiles.

Iran’s economy has been crippled partly by sanctions imposed primarily on its oil trade by former US President Donald Trump in 2018, in addition to the Covid-19 pandemic. Workers, together with hundreds in the important thing power sector, and pensioners have protested for months, with discontent rising over mismanagement, excessive unemployment and an inflation price of greater than 50%.

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