Two dead in protests by Ahwazi Arab minority in Iran

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Two dead in protests by Ahwazi Arab minority in Iran
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the government-run news agency, blames the protesters for the death of activists.
By LAUREN MORGANBESSER
JULY 19, 2021

Anti-regime protests have been underway in the Iranian Khuzestan Province because of extreme water shortages in the area. Activists have also cited marginalization by the regime because of ethnic differences, as the Ahwaz are Arab and primarily speak Arabic. Videos on Twitter show protesters lighting fires, demonstrating in the streets, and blocking roads as security forces attempt to disperse them, although the authenticity of these videos cannot be confirmed, in part due to Iran’s limits on information. The Iranian government has confirmed that two protesters have been killed, and activists claim that there was a third. The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the government-run news agency, blames the protesters for the death of activists. In an interview with Omid Sabripour, the acting governor in Shadegan in Khuzestan, he said protestors were firing bullets in the air “to provoke the people, but unfortunately one of the bullets hit a person present at the scene and killed him.”

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