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Iran: “Let's Save Lake Urmia With Our Tears”

Protesters fighting to save Lake Urmia in Iran from permanent environmental damage have not given up. On May 21, 2012, once again people in Urmia and several other cities in the Azerbaijan region of Iran have called on the government to save the dying Lake Urmia, one of the world's largest salt water lakes. In Khoy (photo above) protesters hung a banner on a bridge saying “the death of Lake Urmia is the death of Azerbaijan.” One blogger published a cartoon saying “Let's save Lake Urmia with our tears.”

Protest banner for Lake Urmia in Khoy

Here are a couple of videos shared by Iranian citizens of demonstrations in Urmia.

Heavy security presence

Police strike back

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