One killed, many injured in Kazeroon city, as Iranians protest water scarcity
Clashes erupted between farmers and local police during a protest over water scarcity in Kamarej village, close to Kazeroon city in Iran’s Fars province south of the Islamic Republic on Thursday.
A social affairs aide in the local police said one person was killed and many others were injured when the police fired in the air in an attempt to disperse the angry crowds.
The source added that among the injured were a number of police members.
Iran state news agency IRNA said the clashes began after authorities removed illegal water-pumps from a river.
Protests have been held across southern Iran in recent weeks over water scarcity and on May 16 Kazeroon city witnessed angry protests where anti-regime slogans were raised during attempts to merge part of the province to another administrative zone in the country and during which four people were killed and many injured.
Much of the country is suffering from drought, and in some areas tap water has turned muddy or salty.
The water shortage has compounded Iran’s economic woes after the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord.
Earlier, cities and villages in the provinces of Fars and Bushehr, including Brazzan in southern Iran, witnessed protests where protesters called on the government and officials of the Iranian regime to intervene to find solutions to the water shortage crisis caused by drought and government mismanagement of water resources.
While the cities of Muhammara, Abadan and Ahwaz, Arab populated areas in southwestern Iran, have recently witnessed days of protests against the backdrop of the shortage of tap water due to the sharp decline in water levels due to the government’s wrong policies in the construction of dams to divert water to other Iranian provinces in the center of the country, resulting in the destruction of the environment and sewage infiltration.
According to a human rights organization in the city of Ahvaz in southwest of Iran, police and security personnel clashed with protesters firing live bullets, which led to many casualties, followed later with random arrests of more than 125 activists in the city.