Protests over water shortages get revived in Iran

A video posted by an activist on Twitter showed that there were plenty of women among the protestors who were chanting: “Don’t be afraid, we are united”. (Supplied)

Demonstrations were revived in the Iranian city of Borazjan in the Bushehr Province, as hundreds took to the streets on Sunday evening to protest the quality of drinking water while chanting: “Death to the dictator”.

A video posted by an activist on Twitter showed that there were plenty of women among the protestors who were chanting: “Don’t be afraid, we are united”.

This is the second night residents of Borazjan take to the streets to protest the water shortages as they had gathered on Saturday night in a famous square and chanted anti-government slogans such as: “We don’t want a failed government”.


The chants also included: “No to Gaza, No to Lebanon, I sacrifice my life for Iran,” and “Leave Syria and think about us”.

Protestors also condemned the regime’s military expenditure to support terrorism in the region’s countries while Iranians are forced to live in poverty and suffer from deteriorating living conditions, which include a lack of drinkable water.

Protests against the water shortage erupted last week in the Iranian cities of Ahvaz and Khorramshahr.

Activists called the demonstrations, which Iranian security forces tried to contain with violence, “the revolution of thirst”.


Meanwhile, human rights organization Amnesty International called on the Iranian authorities to launch a comprehensive and impartial investigation into reports that security forces resorted to violence, including using firearms, against peaceful protestors in the Arab Ahvaz region.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Amnesty International called for the unconditional release of anyone who has been detained for practicing his right in peaceful gathering and warned of torturing or mistreating these detainees.

According to the Ahwaz Human Rights Organization in Iran, security forces detained 125 people from among those protesting water shortages in Khorramshahr and Abadan.

 

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