Iranians gather during a protest to voice their anger after their province’s lifeblood river dried up due to drought and diversion in Isfahan on Nov 19, 2021. (ISNA)

November 25, 2021

Farmers protesting in Esfahan for water say that after midnight on Thursday security agents attacked their camp, set fire to their tents and bulldozed the scene.

Protesters, many of whom have refused to leave their tents for over two weeks, said on social media the attack occurred at 3:00 AM while many other farmers and their supporters were gone. According to these reports, security forces then broke the metal frame of the tents anddrove a loader over the site to remove the remains. During the attack, protesters say, security forces shot blanks and tear gas to disperse them.

One of the protesters posted a video report that has been widely circulated on social media and shows a large groups of riot police advancing towards the camp in the dry bed of Zayandeh Roud river. The citizen-journalist speaking in the video says protesters have been ordered to leave and alleges that security forces set fire to the protesters’ tents. “We only came here for water,” he says.

In the video, a member of security forces is heard speaking into a loudspeaker who repeatedly asks protesters to evacuate the site “now that there are good agreements reached [regarding the water problem] and all [authorities] have offered you support”.

Iran International

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