Iran: Thousands of Isfahan farmers protest water diversion, clash with riot police

Iran- 2000 farmers protesting in Isfahan on January 2, 2019

Iran, Jan. 2, 2019 – A large gathering of Isfahan farmers turned violent today after riot police attacked the peaceful protesters marching in the central province’s streets.

Around 2,000 farmers gathered this morning on Khaju Bridge in Isfahan to protest the diversion of Isfahan’s river to other provinces.

A large number of women were also among the protesters. Videos on social media showed Isfahan farmers chanting, “Today is a day of mourning because farmers have no livelihood”.

The farmers, who blame the government for water mismanagement and water scarcity which has all but destroyed their farmlands also chanted “shame on the deceitful government.” Riot police were dispatched to the area from the start of the gathering.

Videos from the gathering showed a large number of riot police on the scene with scuffles between police and the farmers. The farmers addressed the police and chanted, “Do not support the thieves”. The protesters also booed the police and chanted “bisharaf”, a Persian curse word meaning “dishonorable”.

Reports also indicated that riot police shot bullets in the air to disperse the protesters.

Background The Zayanderud River once watered this region, flowing down from the Zagros Mountains, through the city of Isfahan providing water for farming towns. But it dried up years ago.

Government policies have worsened the strain from drought and growing population. Authorities have increasingly built factories, sucking up large amounts of water. Water has also been diverted to other regions. “The water cycle has been annihilated.

The entire water of the river has been allocated to industry,” said an Isfahan environmental activist in July.

An Isfahan official who recently called the farmer’s plight a “catastrophe” said that some the people who were once wealthy, were currently so deprived and poverty stricken that they were covered by relief foundations such as the Emdad Foundation.

The representative of Falavarjan at the Isfahan Islamic Council blamed the farmers’ woes on the Ben-Brojen Plan, which incorporated providing a huge water supply to large industrial factories, the use of the water for other areas and many other decisions that resulted from mismanagement. Environmentalists have for years been setting off alarms about the threat of droughts in Iran which stems from mismanagement, the excessive use of groundwater sources, and the construction of a large number of dams primarily carried out by companies affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The latest official numbers say that in the provinces of Fars, South Khorasan and Isfahan, groundwater sources have dried up while dam reserves were 25 to 50% lower than last year.


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Iran Protests Watch – June 11, 2018

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AHVAZ, Southwest Iran. Protest gathering of the National Steel Industrial Group workers

On Monday morning, June 21, 2018, more than 400 workers of Iran National Steel Industrial Group in Ahvaz once again called for the consideration of the status of the company and the payment of their delayed salaries in a gathering in front of the Governorate in Ahvaz.

After the gathering at the Ahvaz Governor building, the employees of the steel company then headed to Kianpars and marched to Mahin Street while being surrounded by police forces and police cars along the way.

In this march, protesting workers and employeed shut down the street, causing heavy traffic in the area for hours. Then the workers moved to the offices of several members of the parliament from this city and chanted:

– “Compatriots be aware, Ahvaz has no owner”

– “We do not want an inadequate governor.”

THERAN, Protest Rally of Tehran Bus Company Drivers

On Monday, June 11, 2018, a group of drivers from the Tehran Bus Company, a member of the Spidar 2 and 3 housing project team in Tehran’s Sepidar Housing Cooperative, protested to the five years delay in the delivery of their homes.

The police, who were trying to silence the protesters with promises, were only faced with more objections and complaints from the drivers.

The Sepidar 2 and 3 projects, with 270 members, were launched from the 2010 and 4 blocks of the project should have been completed within 36 months and delivered to its owners. But after five years from the time it was announced, the project has not been completed yet, and no unit was delivered to Tehran Bus Company employees who were registered to receive their houses, and the project was left half completed.

SHADEGAN, Southwest Iran. People Rally in in Protest to Unemployment

Following several days of protests, the people of Shadegan city rallied on Monday morning, June 11, 2018, in protest against their unemployment in front of the entrance door of the Farabi Cultivation and Industry Corporation in Khuzestan Province, Iran.

The protest against unemployment situation of the people in Shadegan has taken place while, according to the plans approved by the provincial and district technical committees last year, the Shadegan’s employment per capita from the Rural and Inclusive facilities was reported to be 721 million rials.

During the protest rally in the city of Shadegan on Monday, repressive forces were deployed and present at the location and arrested a number of protesters who were in need of work.

DEZ DAM, Southwest Iran. Farmers Protest for Water Rights

On Monday, June 11, 2018, a group of farmers on the banks of the Dez Dam rallied in protest of the lack of their water rights from the Iranian government and the collection of motor pumps that belonged to these farmers.

Farmers on the banks of the Dez River had previously protested to the ban on cultivation by government agents and the shutdown of water pumps in the villages by the water and power company.

Following this incident, a number of farmers gathered with shovels and other agricultural tools to protest the prohibition of cultivation on their lands.

Dez Dam located in Khuzestan province of Iran and one of the reasons for the water crisis in this region is the progressive increase of deep and illegal wells which results to the the excess consumption of groundwater aquifers in the agricultural sector making it hard for farmers to cultivate on their lands.

Vehicle Buyers Of Kerman Motor Protest To Company’s Scam and Demand Their Vehicles in Tehran, Iran

Customers from the Kerman Motor, which attempted to sell cars last February, gathered on Monday morning June 11, 2018, in front of the company’s building in Tehran to protest against the company’s scam in not delivering they bought vehicles to the customers.

Kerman Motor, one of the oldest and largest automobile assembly companies in the country, is a corporation that can be named as Iran’s largest car assembly after Iran Khodro and SAIPA.

Protest Of People In Borazjan To Lack Of Water During Super-Heated Temperatures Of Bushehr Province In Iran

In the early morning of Monday, June 11, 2018, a number of people in Borazjan gathered in protest against the lack of water in front of the Water and Wastewater Company in Bushehr province, Iran.

The heat of the air and the lack of water in Borazjan has become irritating to the people of the city and the water department of the city has done nothing to solve the problems of people.

Furthermore, the heat, the Ramadan fasting, and the lack of water continues in the Bushehr province, especially in Dashtestan and Borazjan, and people are still protesting.

The people of Borazjan gathered in front of the water and wastewater department of Borazjan on late Sunday night to early Monday morning and blocked the streets with their motorcycles and protested to the several days of lack of water.

A look at protests in Iran during the month of April

 

Various Iranian cities are witnessing mass protests and demonstrations from its north to its east
Various Iranian cities are witnessing mass protests and demonstrations from its North to its East

 

PMOI/MEK,7 May  2018— Iran witnessed 452 protest rallies throughout the month of April, meaning a daily average of 15 rallies staged by credit firm clients, farmers, merchants, students, workers and other branches of the society. Economic pressures and the Iranian regime’s repressive policies were the main focus of these gatherings, marking an increase in comparison to March.

Continued protests surged in April, in addition to women and the youth overcoming all odds to take part in most of these protests.

Here’s a statistical breakdown of April’s protest rallies:

Credit firm clients: 39 rallies
Retirees: 7
Students: 16
Teachers: 8
Workers: 109
Other sectors: 245

Credit firm clients:

39 rallies organized in 13 cities were staged by credit firm clients demanding a return of their savings. Women are especially playing a significant role in these rallies as people are protesting state entities literally robbing them of their savings. Protesters in several cities were even seen resorting to throwing various objects at credit firm branches across the country.

 Retirees:

On April 7, retirees in two different cities held rallies protesting the retirement age in Iran and authorities’ refusal to respond to their demands. For years these retirees have been deprived of a variety of services, retirement funds and pensions. The protesting retirees are also seeking a unified retirement plan and no discrimination imposed by the relevant authorities.

 Students:

In April, eight cities were host to 16 different protest rallies by college students.

Students were seen holding gatherings protesting:

  1. the possibility of dissolving their campus faculty
  2. expulsion of a professor
  3. poor food quality
  4. university mismanagement
  5. long prison sentences issued for students
  6. supporting a general strike launched by store-owners and bazaar merchants of Iran’s western and northwestern provinces.

 Teachers:

Teachers held eight gatherings in five different cities across the country throughout April, protesting authorities’ refusal to provide their delayed paychecks. There are teaches who have not received their paychecks for more than a year.

A detained teacher by the name of Mohammad Habibi was released as his colleagues continued their protests and left the authorities no choice.

 Workers:

109 labor protests in a span of 47 cities, commercial complexes and industrial towns throughout the month of April. This is tantamount to nearly four labor protests each day.

Paycheck delays, work dismissals, unemployment, the arrest of colleagues, their job conditions remaining an uncertainty, and employers’ practice of recruiting non-locals were all subjects of labor protests in April.

Mass Arrests Of Protesters In Isfahan And Continuing Protests In Various Cities Of Iran

Iran Uprising – No. 140

On Sunday, April 15, 2018, in addition to the strikes of merchants and shopkeepers in Baneh and Javanrood cities, protests by deprived and oppressed people continued in various cities:

At midnight of Sunday, April 15, 2018, suppressive forces attacked houses of Khorasgan people in Isfahan in order to prevent the spread of protests and demonstrations by farmers and people, and arrested a number of farmers and youths in the city.

Throughout the day and night, repressive forces had an intense presence around the city in an effort to intensify the atmosphere of fear and intimidation. The anti-riot mercenaries also moved toward the city in 20 cars and four buses to stop the demonstrations of the people of Varzaneh.

On Saturday, in spite of repressive measures in Isfahan, farmers gathered at the Khourasgan Square and Abazar Ave. They chanted: Imprisoned farmer should be freed;

farmer dies, but does not accept humiliation; we are the women and men of battle, we get back our right to water….

– People from the village of Jofair in Hoveizeh (in Khuzestan province) held a protest rally and called for the right to use the drinking water of Jofair Project.

– A group of people looted by the Arman Vahdat governmental institution in Ahvaz gathered in front of the Shariati Branch and demanded the return of their deposits. The protesters finally blocked door of the institute with mud. In Shushtar, the looted people of the same institute, in a protest move, expelled the employees from the building and closed it.

– In Mashhad, the people looted by Caspian institute held a protest rally outside the Pamchal branch in Sajjad Boulevard. The protesters, while carrying a placard, called a big lie the claim of Rouhani that he has resolved the problem of 98% of the depositors. They carried another placard, which read: What is the behind the scenes of the Caspian Institute, which none of the officials and three branches do not dare to, expose and follow up?

– In Yazd, health centers’ personnel protested in front of the governorate against the failure to pay salaries for several months and lack of job security.

– In Tehran, students at Tarbiat Modarres University protested against the illegal evacuation of dormitories, renting university facilities (gyms, swimming pools, etc.) to earn money, and looting the University’s budget.

– In Yasuj, families of victims of passenger airplane that crashed gathered in front of the Red Crescent building in protest against the inaction of the regime’s officials for finding the bodies of the dead, and called for the delivery of their loved ones bodies. On February 18 last year, an airplane of Asman airlines with 60 passengers and six crewmembers crashed near Semirom, Esfahan, and all its passengers died. The clerical regime did not make any effort to save the passengers of this plane, and now it refuses to take any action to find the bodies of the dead.

– In Tabriz, fans of the Tractor-Sazi team chanted slogans in Turkish against Ajorlu, the executive manager of the team who is one of the agents of the regime’s repressive organs. They protested against the atmosphere of repression against the team and its supporters and chanted: Take your herd and go; the Azerbaijani people do not accept humiliation; the protesters protest against the continued use of the special unit to suppress the fans of Tractor-Sazi team.

– On Saturday, April 14, 2018, the teachers of the educational services purchase plan for the second time gathered in front of offices of Ministry of Education in protest against the nonpayment of their outstanding salaries. Protesters gathered in various cities, including in Qazvin, Kerman and Yazd, demanded full insurance and equalization of their salaries with official employees.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 16, 2018

Burning Khamenei’s Photos And Continuation Of Protests Across Iran

Iran uprising – No. 136

The youth continue expressing their anger and hatred against the corrupt and suppressive system of the Velayat-e faqih (The Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist) by burning Khamenei’s ominous images and writing graffiti on walls such as burning of a large banner of Khamenei in the northwest air defense base in Tabriz, which is a completely protected area, and also in Yasuj. Courageous youth also commemorated the martyrs of Ashraf by installing images of them who were killed during the regime’s criminal assault on Camp Ashraf on April 8, 2011.

Furthermore, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 10-12, in addition to massive demonstrations of farmers and people in Isfahan, other cities in the country hosted the protests by deprived and oppressed classes:

From the morning of Thursday, April 12th, the farmers demonstrations in Isfahan and protests by teachers in Kerman, Shiraz students, looted people in Mashhad, the unemployed in Bushehr and … are taking place. Farmers in Isfahan today, in addition to insisting on the return of their water rights, called for the immediate release of those arrested on the previous day’s demonstrations.

On Wednesday, April 11, the expelled workers of the Ilam refinery demonstrated their poverty in a protest movement by spreading an empty table at the entrance to the refinery. Also on Tuesday, a group of workers in the refinery gathered in protest of non-payment of their claims. They called for job security and the return of their fired colleagues.

On the same day, farmers in the city of Rudbar Jonoub of Kerman, who plant tomatoes in the Jazmourian wetland, closed the Rudbar-Jazmoryan transit road for the second consecutive day in protest of the low tomato prices and the loss of their one-year work.

In Qazvin, workers of Iranian Metal Powder Corporation gathered in front of the governorate in protest of the failure to pay their salaries. The workers carried placards, which read: our New Year gift this year: expulsion, unemployment, poverty.

In Bandar Abbas, the workers of the municipality gathered in protest against the nonpayment of their salaries for several months.

Taxis drivers staged a protest gathering outside the governorate in Orumiyeh. The Revolutionary Guards have caused their unemployment and heavy loss by launching ‘internet taxi’. The taxi drivers of the Azimyeh Karajon Wednesday, and the taxi drivers of Sanandaj on Tuesday also staged gatherings in protest at deterioration of their living conditions.

In Ahvaz, the people looted by the Arman Vahdat Institute staged a protest gathering in front of a branch of this institute at Shariati Avenue. They chanted: What have done those behind the scene with our money?

On Tuesday, April 10, Kazerun residents gathered in front of Kazerun governorate for the second day in protest against the division of the country and the separation of some parts of the city. On the same day, a group of teachers and educators from the Khark island gathered in protest at cutting off some of the services by the oil company.

The workers of the Jam-e Jam printing house in Sari, who had become unemployed due to the closure of the factory and lacked the lowest level of job security, gathered in front of Mazandaran governorate.

Writing graffiti and posting leaflets on the walls in Tehran and other cities are continuing. In Tehran, this slogan is seen on the walls: “The prayer of every Iranian is the overthrow of this regime.” It is written on a wall in Jayhoun Street: “A dollar equals 6000 tomans; Khamenei is despicable.” In Boroujerdi Square, it is written in Turkish: “Long live freedom, death to Khamenei.” In Kashan, leaflets saying “Death to Khamenei and Rouhani, death on the principle of Velayat-e faqih was posted on walls in different neighborhoods.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 12, 2018

Iran: Protests Continue In Isfahan; Farmers Chanted Slogans Calling Rouhani A Liar

NCRI – On Tuesday, April 10, farmers and people of Isfahan staged a major pre- announced protest rally. The new round of Isfahan farmers’ protests began in the last weeks of the Persian year. Against being deprived of their water rights by the regime.

According to the released films, protesters were chanting slogans against Hassan Rouhani’s government. They chanted:

“God willing the victory is close, death to this demagogue regime.”

They also chanted against the security and counterinsurgency forces that lined up to them and shouted: no fire arms, machine guns and tanks will be have use.

Farmers also carried banners written on them:

“We want our rights to water, and will pay the price for it by our lives.”

 

According to the the state run IRNA news agency, the Eastern regions of Isfahan comprises of cities and areas such as Ziar, Jarqawi, Varzaneh, Ajeyeh, Harand, Khorasan and Kurdshan, which has a population of 300,000 people who are mainly farmers, but they are severely exposed to droughts which has caused them numerous Job and livelihood problems.

According to the report, the fair share of the farmers in the East of Isfahan from Zayandehrud river water is about 400 million cubic meters, but this amount has not been allocated in recent years, and despite the flow of Zayandehrud river in a period during last year, only about 40 percent of the 100,000 hectares of Agriculture lands of this region had gone under cultivation.

Meanwhile, according to the ISNA news agency, Hassan Kamran, a lawmaker from the Isfahan, criticized the Ministry of Energy on Tuesday for the water scarcity issue in the area and said: “For decades, Isfahan farmers have been looted of their water rights”.

Earlier, reports and videos revealing the crackdown on protesters by repressive security forces of the Iranian regime have been published in March and also on Saturday this week.

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