At least one demonstrator said killed by security forces in Borazjan

Iman Ahmadi

A civilian who was shot dead by the state security forces during the recent demonstration in Borazjan (Bushehr province in southern Iran) against the city’s water crisis, was identified as Iman Ahmadi.

The demonstrators were protesting the lack of clean water, which has also affected the neighboring city of Bushehr, Iran’s major port city in the Persian Gulf.

The Iranian news agency, IRNA, confirmed violent clashes between protesters and security forces. The agency cited Mohammad Ebadi-Nejad, Police Chief of Kazeroun as saying, police officers fired birdshots to disperse the population. In the meantime, one person identified as I.A injured in his neck, and lost his life after being transferred to the hospital.”

On Sunday evening, July 8th, a large number of residents in Borazjan, the capital city of Dashtestan in the Bushehr province, held a protest rally against the lack of drinking water in the city for the second night. This is while on Saturday evening, July 7th, the residents had gathered in the 17 Shahrivar Square to protest the state of water and disruptions in water distribution.

More than 90% of the drinking water of Bushehr province is provided by the dam in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province and Kazerun City in Fars province.

The failure in groundwater has worsened the water supply crisis in the Bushehr province.

Mohammad Bagher Saadat, Dashtestan’s representative in the parliament assumed that it has been almost 55 days in the Bushehr province, especially in Dashtestan including Borazjan with its surrounding towns that the people are suffering severely in the lack of drinking water. He added by referring to the recent protests in Bushehr about the water problem, that there are no water resources in this province, this year there has been less rainfalls, and there was a need to forecast the condition of the province, but it was delayed and no action was taken on this issue. (The state-run Khabar Online Website– July 7, 2018)