Life in Iran TodayIranian Government’s Slow Response to Undrinkable Water in Khuzestan...

Iranian Government’s Slow Response to Undrinkable Water in Khuzestan Sparks Protests

-

Khuzestan provincial cities of Khorramshahr

Iran Focus

London, 6 July – Last Friday, the purified-water shortage in southwestern Iran saw the staging of one of the largest water-related protests in Iran this year. Residents of the Khuzestan provincial cities of Khorramshahr, Abadan, and Ahvaz say their water supplies have been polluted for days despite pledges by Iranian authorities to quickly resolve the problem.

Khuzestan, home to mostly ethnic Arabs, is Iran’s main oil producer and contains the country’s largest oil refinery but remains economically disadvantaged compared to northern provinces. Its people have gone weeks without access to clean water. Local water supplies have been undrinkable due to high salinity and mud, and the population has been relying on fresh water distributed by state-hired tankers. However, the supply has not been sufficient, driving up the price of bottled water.

Iranian officials promised that clean, running water will be restored to cities in Khuzestan by Friday as part of the next phase of a water distribution project called Ghadir, yet provincial residents say they had seen no signs of the government fulfilling its pledge.

According to Iranian state media, hundreds of demonstrators joined together in a protest in Khorramshahr on Friday, which turned violent by Saturday. A video posted on social media displayed police firing tear gas at demonstrators, and gunfire was heard in the background. 11 people were wounded, 10 of them officers. Iran’s judiciary also confirmed the arrest of 10 protesters.

Water shortage protests have also been reported on social media in Abadan, and the provincial capital of Ahvaz.

On Wednesday, a Khorramshahr resident confirmed that security continued to be tight in the city. Allegedly, the police have been using concrete barriers to block roads leading to a central square, in an attempt to quell the protests that began on Friday. The resident also claimed that there were reports of police detaining demonstrators indiscriminately. The lack of independent media access has made it difficult to assess the situation in Khorramshar.

Last week, locals blamed the water crisis on suspected government transfers of scarce water supplies to Iraq and nearby Kuwait. In fact, last month, Khuzestan residents broke open and filmed a pipe carrying fresh water toward the Iraqi border. Iranian citizens were outraged by the video, which rapidly spread across social media.

However, Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian denied the allegations that selling fresh water is being sole to Iran’s neighboring countries.

Latest news

Snapback Sanctions, a Must Response to Iran’s Human Rights Abuse and JCPOA Violations

The protests in Iran have been going on for more than two months, even though the regime is cracking...

Growing Disintegration Among Iran Regime’s Forces

Iran has been shaken by a wave of nationwide protests since mid-September. The trigger was the death of the...

Grim Tidings for Iran’s Regime After Approval of UN Fact-Finding Mission

After many discussions and debates, the United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a fact-finding mission to investigate the...

Iranian People’s Resistance Changed the Appeasement Policy

Soon after the new US government started its obligations in January 2021, hand in hand with the European governments...

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in...

Iran: Expensive Medicine, Cheap Human Life

A look at the equipment and weapons that the Iranian regime has been using against its people to suppress...

Must read

Ex-Defense chief met with Tehran aide

Washington Times: Former Defense Secretary William J. Perry held...

Trump Will Not Waive Iran Sanctions in May

Iran Focus London, 12 Apr - On Wednesday, US...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you