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 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.

Iran, Apr. 10, 2018. Isfahan Farmers’ Protest Rally Continues

ISFAHAN, Iran, Apr. 10, 2018. Farmers’ Protest Rally Continues This morning, Tuesday, April 10th, according to the call made yesterday, protesters began their rally against their acquisition of their water – rights and waterlessness of their farms. The number of participants in the rally is more than one thousand and it is increasing continuously It […]

via Iran, Apr. 10, 2018. Isfahan Farmers’ Protest Rally Continues — Freedom Star

Iran: Major Demonstrations Of People And Farmers In Isfahan, Blocking The Security Forces

NCRI – This morning, April 9, a major gatherings and big demonstration of farmers in Isfahan has started in response to a cessation of their rights to water.

The presence of women in these demonstrations is noteworthy.

By blocking the marching path of hundreds of people and farmers in Isfahan, the security forces tried to control their furious protest.

Police forces and other security organs at Masjid Ali Isfahan crossroads have been cracking down on protesters’ demonstrations against water scarcity.

Farmers have announced that their move will not be stopped by the presence of a security and police force. People chant:

Machine gun tank tank no longer works.

Demonstrators also say:

Today is the Day to mourn, the farmer’s life is on the air today

and : You liar Rouhani, what happened to our Zayandeh roud river?

It is noteworthy that Today is the 53rd day of the protest gathering of farmers who are demanding their water rights.

People And Farmers In Isfahan demonstrate denouncing regime’s “humiliation”

Iran Uprising – No. 131

On Saturday, April 7, a massive crowd of people and farmers in Isfahan gathered in protest at the Khaju Bridge. The protesters then gathered in front of Isfahan regional water organization and chanted slogans such as, “Zayandehrood water, our inalienable right; the moaning of this farmer is the moaning of Zayandehroud; Today is a day of mourning, the farmer’s life is at risk; the farmer dies, but does not accept charity; Varzaneh Varzaneh We support you!”

The repressive forces severely beat up the protesters by attacking them, among whom a large number of elderly people were present. The Police force threatened the desperate farmers but were ridiculed by slogans of “liar liar; police, you must be ashamed!”

The day before, Varzaneh farmers also protested on their 50th day of protests by lining up their tractors at the entrance to the city against denial of the regime their water share and abandoning the agricultural land in the region, which is the only way to ensure their livelihoods.

The poor farmers of the eastern cities of Isfahan province have been protesting for 51 days in various protest actions, including lining up their tractors, gathering IV front of the regime’s governorate in Isfahan, gathering and demonstrations in Khaju Bridge and demonstrations in different streets of the city, and confronting the regime mercenaries. On the last Friday of the Persian year 1396 (March 16, 2018), the protesters went to the Friday prayers show and by turning their back to the criminal mullah rendering the show, chanted slogans saying: ‘Back to the enemy, toward the homeland’. During the protests, a number of protesters were detained, whose release is one of the demands of the protesters.

The Iranian resistance salutes the honorable farmers of the eastern cities of Isfahan and calls on the people of this province, especially the brave youth, to show solidarity with these protests and to support the just demands of the farmers.

 Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 7, 2018

Strike of Sugarcane Company Workers, Farmers and Other Deprived Classes

Iran Uprising – No. 124

Workers from various sectors of the Haft-Tapeh sugarcane Company located in a region of the same name in the Southwestern city of Shush, including farmers in the agricultural sector, went on strike since the morning of Tuesday, March 28, and stopped working on sugarcane production. They marched while chanting the slogan “We are Haft-Tapeh workers; we are hungry” as well as slogans against government-affiliated employers.

They carried a banner which said in the new Iranian year, the workers of Haft-Tapeh have nothing to eat. They object to the failure to pay their salaries and their rewards and bonus. They also protest the division of agricultural lands between several government employers, which would lead to plundering workers and lay off 1,200 of them. They called for a working group to address workers’ problems. Failure to comply with the promises by the regime officials and the employer will force the deprived workers of Haft-Tapeh Sugarcane factory to strike again. The efforts of the Ministry of Intelligence and other repressive organs, which, with all kinds of threats and arrests of workers, seek to intimidate them and prevent the spread of this protest movement, has failed each time with the resistance of workers.

On the same day, the deprived quake-stricken people in the village of Tapani in Sar-Pol Zahab, whose houses were completely destroyed, gathered in protest of nearly four months of uncertainty and lack of shelter for their families. The banner they carried read: We do not want anything, we only want land to build house; we need loans; we the people of Tapani have no shelter.

On Monday, March 26, more than 400 farmers of Eastern Isfahan called for their demands to be met at the Khaju Bridge. Deprived farmers are demanding the right to water and rehabilitation of destroyed agriculture in the eastern cities of Isfahan.

In Rasht, despite the threats and pressures of the director of the factory, the Labor Office and Police Department, the workers of Iran Poplin Company continued their protest for the second day against the expulsion of four workers’ representatives. They carried banners which wrote: “Everyone or no one!” Following the workers’ resistance, the mullahs’ regime was forced to release the detained workers’ representatives.

In Andimeshk, the workers of the Omran Arya Cement Company stage a protest gathering to demand their unpaid salaries for one year. On the orders of the predatory management of this company, all contracts have been reduced from three months to one month, and insignificant salaries of workers are paid every three months.

Writing slogan against the leaders of the regime and its repressive organs continues. One of the slogans says: The Revolutionary Guards are the cause for suppression, poverty, drought and corruption in this country.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 28, 2018

Iran: Demonstration of Thousands of Farmers Chanting: “We Fight, We Die, We Get Back Our Water Share”

Iran Uprising – No. 121

The protests of thousands of desperate farmers from cities of Varzaneh, Sarshiadoran, Ejiyeh … With the support of the people of Isfahan became more widespread on Friday.

A massive crowd gathered along the Khaju Bridge in protest to the regime’s refusal to grant farmers the right to water and catastrophic livelihoods of farmers and ranchers. They went on to march on the streets of the city with the slogans of: “Today is the day of mourning, the life of the worker is in peril today; Liar Rouhani, where is our Zayandeh Rood? Authorities! Be ashamed, leave your presidency.” They also chanted: Farmer dies, does not accept charity; we fight, we die, we get our water share back. They had a great banner reading: “We, the farmers of the Eastern Isfahan, want our thousands years old water share and we stand with our lives for it.”

Protesters attended the Friday’s prayer show in the city during their march. In response to the nonsense talks of the speaker of the Friday prayers, they turned their back to him and heckled him, chanting, “First clear our situation then the Friday prayers can begin,” and interrupted his speech. Demonstrators were chanting at the time of their gathering in front of the regime’s radio and television: “Our disgrace is our TV and Radio”.

The protests of Varzaneh farmers began on February 16, and since February 28, they have been rallying in front of the Isfahan governorate, which spread with the support of people of Isfahan and farmers in the eastern regions of Isfahan.

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