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Iran: Protest Rallies by Farmers and People of Isfahan Chanting: "Let Go of Syria, Think About Us!"

Iran uprising – No. 135

On Wednesday April 11, protesting farmers of Isfahan began their 55th day of protest by gathering at Khorasgan Circle and then rallying on the streets of this city. In this massive demonstration, which was held with the remarkable presence of women and the support of the people and the brave youth of Isfahan, people chanted:

"We shall get our right to water, even if we die; Let go of Syria, think about us; Death to this imposter government; Equality and justice, this is the demand of the nation; If the water will not flow to the river, there will be a revolt tomorrow; the liar Rouhani, where is our Zayandeh Rud river?”

The merchants and shopkeepers of Khorasgan, in solidarity with the farmers, closed their shops and joined the rally.

The repressive forces, including the riot guard, both on foot and motorcyclists, along with police cars and water cannon trucks, surrounded the protesters to prevent people from joining them. The people booed the repressive forces commander who was trying to disperse them, and chanted: “Get ready, the eastern Isfahan troops- be ready for a decisive battle; neither threats, nor humiliation don’t work.”

A group of protesters gathered at the mosques of Imam Ali and Golzar. They booed the regime's parliament members and other government agents who were trying to deceive them with false promises, and chanted: “It’s a lie, it’s a lie; we die, we die, we do not accept humiliation; the farmer dies, but does not accept humiliation; If the water will not flow to the river, there will be a revolt tomorrow.”

At sunset, oppressive forces attacked Zebar farmers (on the Isfahan-Varzaneh road) and arrested a young person. People confronted them and closed the road by burning the tires.

Acknowledging the dire situation of farmers' livelihoods, Hasan Kamran, a regime’s MP from Isfahan, said: "For a decade Isfahan farmers have been denied their right to water ... for 10 years we have lied them. They have lost their trust ... these conflicts will lead to death toll. Recently, a farmer was blinded... on the one hand, they give him (a farmer) a warrant arrest from the bank because he has not been able to pay his debt, and on the other hand, we delay in paying his wheat money and yet do not pay for the loss he is suffering. Also, we steal his right to water. Who steals? This same ministry of energy. (Radio Farhang- April 10, 2018).

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 11, 2018

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