Demonstrations in Iran’s Isfahan become violent as police forcibly disperse protesters

Security forces in Iran clashed on Friday with protesters protesting against the government’s water management policy in the central city of Isfahan, videos shared on social media showed.

Security forces attacked protesters with batons in the dry bed of the Zayandehrud River and fired tear gas to disperse them, some videos shared on social media showed.

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Other videos showed security forces being chased away by protesters.

Fars, a news agency affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, acknowledged the protests on Friday, saying security forces used tear gas to “ensure security and prevent opportunists’ violence and mobility.”

Farmers in Isfahan, which sparked the latest round of protests in the city, ended a nearly weeks-long protest on Thursday after reaching an agreement with the provincial authorities, Fars said, adding that Friday’s protesters “did not look like the farmers in Isfahan due to their dress and age. “

Father insinuated that Friday’s protests were organized by anti-regime groups.

Last Friday, thousands of people in Isfahan took to the arid lease of the Zayandehrud River in support of the city’s farmers and to express their anger over the condition of the city’s once famous Zayanderud River, which has dried up due to drought. and poor management.

In July, deadly protests erupted in the southwestern province of Khuzestan over water shortages.

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