Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi alluded to what he described as “enemies” behind the water demonstrations in the country, which have been going on for several days.
He also considered that they cannot be allowed to exploit the country’s water problems to achieve their own ends, while areas are witnessing continuous protests to demand a solution to the water scarcity crisis.
He added, in statements published by Fars News Agency, today, Thursday, that “the enemies’ attempts to stir up division will not succeed.”
This came after hundreds of protesters gathered in Shahr-e Kord, the capital of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province in southwestern Iran, on Wednesday for the fourth consecutive day to protest against the water crisis.
Campaign on farmers’ tents
As for the city of Isfahan, which witnessed several days ago, demonstrations denouncing the drying up of the Zayandeh Rud River, and the transfer of water from the river to the government’s military and commercial industries, the police launched a campaign against the tents of the protesting farmers, at three o’clock in the morning.
Security forces attacked protest tents and set them on fire, and prevented Isfahani farmers from continuing their protests.
It is noteworthy that farmers in Isfahan province have been protesting for years against diverting water from Zayandeh Rud River to supply other areas, which has led to drought suffering on their farms and threatening their livelihoods.
From Isfahan (archive – AFP)
In July, street protests erupted over water shortages in Khuzestan, also the oil-producing province of the southwest.
While the Iranian authorities blame the lack of water on the worst drought in the country in 50 years, while critics assert that the reason is poor management, according to Reuters reported.
Since last week, those demonstrations have been renewed, as thousands have taken to the streets, to raise their voice against thirst and the drying of their crops!