Hundreds of people gathered on Wednesday again in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, southwest of Iran, to demand a solution to the drinking water shortage crisis.
Protesters gathered in Shahr-e Kord, the provincial capital, on Wednesday for the fourth consecutive day to protest against what they describe as “the regime’s mafia looting of water”, chanting slogans against the “corrupt in the system.”
According to some reports, the security forces tried to prevent the protest gathering from forming since yesterday, to no avail.
The protesters chanted: “We are a struggling people, we challenge you, we challenge you,” “We turn water into blood,” and “Zealous citizen, rise and support.”
It is noteworthy that the people of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, which has a majority Lauri-Bakhtiari majority, have been demonstrating in the city of Shahr-e Kord for three days and organizing marches in the streets of the city and in front of the provincial headquarters against the transfer of water from their province to Isfahan for the benefit of the steel and iron industries, and against water looting for projects supported by the Revolutionary Guards. .
Iranian state television confirmed that about 300 villages in this province will receive drinking water by tankers.
In a related context, the Iranian Radio and Television Agency said, “There is a strong possibility of an electronic attack on the dams information network in the country two weeks ago, despite the denial of this by officials.”
This comes as protests continue in the province of Isfahan, adjacent to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, against the regime’s water policies, which caused the Zayandeh Rod River to dry up.
Last Friday, the city of Isfahan witnessed a large protest gathering in which hundreds of thousands of citizens participated in denouncing the drying up of the Zayandeh Rud River, due to the transfer of water from the river to the government’s military and commercial industries.
Last week’s demonstration in Isfahan against water scarcity
The farmers, who are the most affected by the water crisis, continue their sit-in at the dry bed of Zayandeh Rood River in the center of Isfahan city.
On November 11, President Ebrahim Raisi promised to solve the water problem in the central provinces of Iran, namely Isfahan, Yazd and Semnan.
For his part, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei described the issue last Wednesday as a “national issue”, without referring to the protests.