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Dismissal of Two Provincial Officials From Al-Ahwaz in Less Than a Week

Removal of the second official in Al-Ahwaz as demonstrations against pollution and power outages entered its fifth day .

Following the dismissal of Hashem Baledy, the general director of provincial crisis management on February 15th of this year, today “Shahryar bazrkar “ ,the  General Director of provincial natural resource became the second official to be removed from his position . 

These dismissals are being announced, as civilians in different cities and areas of Al-Ahwaz carrying demonstrations ,demanding a solution for their long lasting problems with environmental pollution and mismanagement and repeated neglect by officials to address these issues . 

Hundred of videos and photos from demonstrators are circulating the social media where they are calling for resignation of officials who according to demonstrators have failed in their duties to change the current situation . 

People and environmental activists wore masks on their mouth while holding placards with slogans such “Ahwaz has no Air “ , “ No Air, No water, no electricity ,till when …? and other demonstrators with slogans saying “we are apolitical and just demanding our rights” . 

Drought that is a result of excessive and unauthorised dam building , concentration of petrochemical and oil industries, mismanagement of water resources and failure of Environmental Protection Organisation , headed by Masoumeh Ebtekar who is also the current Iranian Vice president , both on national and local level had a colossal damaged on the environment and interrupted the daily lives of citizens in various cities in the south-west region of Al-Ahwaz .