Afghan protests against Iran after provocative Rowhani dam statements

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Hundreds of Afghani citizens demonstrated in the southern province of Helmand against statements made by the Iranian President Hassan Rowhani accusing Kabul of mismanagement of dams and demanding a bigger share of water resources in Afghanistan for Tehran.

The Afghani website (Khaama Press) reported that civil society activists and politicians had called on citizens in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan to participate in demonstrations against Iranian interference in their country.

On Saturday, the demonstrators condemned the Iranian president’s recent remarks about the waters of the Afghan Helmand River, calling “Death to the enemies of Afghanistan” in reference to Iran, considering that Rouhani’s statements on Friday were a blatant interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.

The Iranian president warned last Friday to build dams on the river of Helmand, saying that this destroyed the civilization in the region and the evacuation of families from their homes in eastern Iran because of the drought, referring to the Balochistan region, which is suffering of privation, Baloch activists accused the government of Tehran of being discriminative against them.

In his speech, Rouhani added that Iran cannot tolerate the deterioration of water resources in the border region with Afghanistan. As per what he said.

In the past years, serious conflicts have arisen between the Iranian and Afghani governments over the waters of the Helmand River, where Kabul government has built dams to fulfill its water needs.

“No one has the right to interfere in our internal affairs. Iran cannot warn us. The issue must be resolved peacefully. Otherwise, we know how to reserve our rights,” the Afghani demonstrators said in their final statement read by Mohammad Hamdard, head of the Afghani civil society.

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