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Issued on: 22/07/2021 - 07:32Modified: 22/07/2021 - 07:37

Iranians store  astatine  the Molavi bazaar successful  confederate  Tehran connected  June 20, 2021.

Iranians store astatine the Molavi bazaar successful confederate Tehran connected June 20, 2021. © Atta Kenare, AFP

Protesters aggravated astir h2o shortages took to the streets of southwest Iran for a sixth nighttime successful a enactment connected Tuesday, with mounting violence, portion Tehran residents chanted anti-government slogans, according to videos posted connected societal media connected Wednesday and Iranian quality outlets.

Videos uploaded by societal media users showed information forces utilizing teargas to disperse protesters. The semi-official Fars quality bureau said "rioters" changeable dormant 1 policeman and injured different successful the larboard metropolis of Mahshahr successful oil-rich Khuzestan province.

In the municipality of Izeh, demonstrators chanted "Reza Shah, bless your soul" successful a video, referring to the laminitis of the Pahlavi dynasty which was overthrown by the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Activists called for demonstrations to enactment the Khuzestan protesters and videos surfaced precocious Tuesday and aboriginal Wednesday showing women chanting "Down with the Islamic Republic" astatine a Tehran metro station.

Reuters could not independently authenticate the videos.

At slightest 2 young men person been changeable dormant successful the protests. Officials person blamed equipped protesters, but activists said connected societal media they were killed by information forces.

Iran's taste Arab minority, who mostly unrecorded successful Khuzestan, person agelong said they look discrimination. An Arab pistillate protester could beryllium heard shouting astatine information forces successful 1 video: "Sir! Sir! The objection is peaceful. Why bash you shoot? No 1 took your onshore and water."

Iran's worst drought successful 50 years has triggered powerfulness blackouts.

Iran's system has been blighted by sanctions imposed by erstwhile US President Donald Trump, and the Covid-19 pandemic. Workers, including thousands successful the cardinal vigor sector, and pensioners person protested for months amid discontent implicit mismanagement, unemployment and inflation.

In Washington, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the United States was intimately pursuing the protests, including reports that information forces had fired connected protesters.

"We enactment the rights of Iranians to peacefully assemble and to explicit themselves. Iranians ... should bask those rights without fearfulness of violence, without fearfulness of arbitrary detention by information forces," helium told reporters.

At slightest 31 protests took spot across Iran on Monday and Tuesday, including rallies by workers and farmers, according to the dissident Human Rights Activists News Agency.