Iranian protesters clash with police over water rights
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||1 March 2013|
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March 01, 2013
By RFE/RL's Radio Farda
Farmers in Iran's Isfahan Province protest against the transfer of water from the Zayandehrood River to Yazd Province.
ISFAHAN, Iran – Protesters in the Iranian town of Varzaneh clashed with police this week after more than a month of demonstrations against the government's diversion of water from central Isfahan Province to other regions.
Photos and videos received by RFE/RL from citizen journalists show protesters setting buses ablaze during clashes on February 27-28.
Witnesses used social media to report that dozens were injured in the clashes with authorities and many were arrested.
The reports have not been independently confirmed.
The protesters say that a pipeline is diverting water from the Zayandehrood River and is leaving their area parched.
The protests reportedly first turned violent on February 27 after demonstrators damaged the pipeline.