At least 214 people were arrested in police crackdowns as demonstrators protested crippling water shortages in the central city of Isfahan, some 400 kilometers south of Tehran, the capital city of Iran.
Another 13 protestors received minor injuries, according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).
On Friday (26 November) thousands of people took to the streets due to water shortages and drought in Isfahan, blaming the authorities for diverting water to its neighbor province (Yazd) province as a result the Zayandehrud River that runs through Isfahan, has dried up.
A rally escalated into clashes after the Iranian police fired tear gas at the demonstrators.
US State Department Spokesman Ned Price said on Twitter that Washington was “deeply concerned about the violent crackdown against peaceful protestors.”
“Deeply concerned about the violent crackdown against peaceful protestors in Isfahan. The people of Iran have a right to voice their frustrations and hold their government accountable,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Nourodin Soltanian, a spokesman for Isfahan University Hospital, said a number of protesters were wounded, including two in serious condition.
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