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Manifestation à Ispahan contre l'assèchement d'une rivière emblématique, le 19 novembre 2021 en Iran event © FATMEH NASR Demonstration in Ispahan against the drying up of an iconic river, November 19, 2021 in Iran

Iranian police announced Saturday The arrest of nearly 70 people in the aftermath of an enamelled rally of violence that protested against the dewatering of an iconic river in Isfahan, in the center of the country.

For more than two weeks, demonstrations have been organized by residents of the third city of the country who complain about the terrible drought striking the region for years.

They also criticize the authorities to divert the city's water to supply the neighboring province of Yazd, which is also lacking in water.

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For the first time Friday, the event was accompanied by clashes between law enforcement and protesters.

Nourodin Soltanian, spokesperson for the University Hospital of Isfahan, quoted Saturday by the Mehr news agency, reported injured protesters, including "two (...) in a serious state".

"We have arrested 67 of the main authors and distortions of trouble," said a senior official of the National Police, General Hassan Karami, at the Fars Agency.

He reported "about 2 to 3,000 rioters in Friday's disorders".

The arrests were conducted by the police, the guardians of the Revolution, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic, and the information services.

The Zayandh-Roud River through Isfahan has been dry since 2000, except for some brief periods. It has become the main place of rally of protesters.

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Saturday, the city of Isfahan was calm, according to witnesses, and the anti-riot police were deployed there.

- "Lack of confidence" -

"I'm used to walking around the river with friends but today the anti-riot police are deployed in large numbers near Khadjou Bridge and she asks inhabitants to avoid this sector, "said a fiftyman attached by phone.

Carte d'Iran localisant Ispahan © Jean-Michel Cornu Map of Iran Locating Isfahan

According to Mr. Karami, "30 to 40,000 farmers and the inhabitants of Ispahan participated in the gatherings last week".

Friday, "After the departure (of the event) of farmers, opportunists and counterrevolutionaries stayed on site," said Isfahan police chief, Mohammad-Reza Mirheidari.

and, according to him, the security apparatus, especially the police, "could identify and stop easily the people who destroyed public goods".

The police shot the lacrymogenic grenades on the protesters who fought back with stone jets, breaking the windows of an ambulance, burned a police motorcycle and street furniture, according to the agency Fars.

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"Due to the jets of stones and the use of firecrackers and deafening bombs, some of our colleagues were injured while others were on shot shooting," added Mr. Mirheidari .

"A police officer was also stabbed but his condition is satisfactory," he said again.

Thursday, an agreement had been concluded between the farmers of the Isfahan region and the authorities on the distribution of 50 million cubic meters of water, according to the agency Fars.

According to this same agency, a pipeline transporting the water from the province of Isfahan to Yazd was destroyed in the night from Thursday to Friday by a bulldozer, as well as three water tanks. As a result, drinking water in some localities in Yazd province has been cut off.

The press was divided on Saturday the events. The UltraConservative Kayhan newspaper accused "mercenary thugs of triggering riots".

On the other hand, the Reformer Etemad saw in these gatherings the sign of a "lack of confidence of protesters with regard to the government to solve problems".

Arid country, Iran has been experiencing a chronic drought for years, with the consequences of regular floods caused by the combination of tightening soils and more or less violent precipitation.

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