Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, January 19, 2021—On Monday, January 18, farmers in eastern Isfahan and their families held a rally in front of the governor’s office, demanding that their rights to irrigation water to be resolved.
The farmers demand fair access to the waters of the Zayandeh Rud river, which is the main source of farming irrigation in the province. In recent years, the regime’s destructive policies and projects have resulted in the farmer’s access to water being diminished considerably.
Workers of Water and Wastewater Company (ABFA) from Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province rally in front of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) in Tehran.
On Monday, workers of Water and Wastewater Company (ABFA) of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province held a rally in front of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) in Tehran.
The workers spread their empty tablecloths on the street, protesting and criticizing the officials’ silence and refusal to respond to the workers’ demands.
The workers have been constantly following up on their most basic rights such as delayed paychecks, employment contracts and insurance premiums.
Fishermen protest rally in Arvandkenar southwest Iran
On Monday, January 18, a group of fishermen from Arvandkenar, Khuzestan province, held a protest rally in front of the Abadan governor’s office for the second consecutive day.
The protesting fishermen said that instead of dealing with violators, fishery officials prevent the activity of all licensed fishing boats in this area under the pretext of preserving fish stocks.
The protesters said that the Arvand River is shared between the three countries of Iran, Iraq and Kuwait. If local fishermen are to be banned from fishing, but Iraqi and Kuwaiti fishermen can easily catch fish by entering this joint fishing grounds, local fishermen have been oppressed.
“In this special situation of the country, where unemployment has affected most fishermen in southern Iran and the Arvandkenar region, this group must be supported; Otherwise, the livelihood crisis will destroy the families of fishermen who can only make a living this way,” one of the protesters said.
“We have protested several times to follow up on our situation because stopping fishing for two years is too long and it endangers our job security,” they continued.
“Fishing is a daily paid job, and fishermen have no other means than fishing for their livelihood, and closing it will endanger our livelihood,” they emphasized.
They added that their work is completely legal.