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Iran riot police 'forcibly' sweep water protest site

During the pre-dawn raid in the city of Esfahan, baton-wielding security forces set protest tents on fire and pushed farmers out of the dried river basin, the site of more than two weeks of public demonstrations.
Iranians gather during a protest to voice their anger after their province's lifeblood river dried up due to drought and diversion, in the central city of Esfahan, Iran, Nov. 19, 2021.

Protesters who have been camped out across the drained basin of River Zayandeh Rood in the central Iranian city of Esfahan woke up to a pre-dawn raid by riot police Nov. 25. Videos on social media were replete with chaotic scenes as tents were set on fire, with police teargassing the protesters to put an end to their two-week sit-in.

In an attempt to highlight the plight of excruciating water shortages and express their frustration with mismanagement of water resources, the protesters had chosen the riverbed — the bloodline of local farming — which has now turned into an apocalyptic barren land.

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