The New Zealand Herald

Iran water protests


An Iranian police officer and another person have been killed in the country’s restive southwest amid ongoing demonstrat­ions over water shortages, state media reported, raising the death toll so far in the unrest to at least three. According to the state-run IRNA news agency, gunfire killed the officer in the city of Mahshar and another suffered a gunshot wound to his leg. There have been six days of continuous protests in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province, home to ethnic Arabs who complain of discrimina­tion by Iran’s Shiite theocracy. The country has faced rolling blackouts for weeks now, in part over what authoritie­s describe as a severe drought.

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