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

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Iran, Citizen Media, Environment, Human Rights, Politics, Protest

Protesters fighting to save Lake Urmia in Iran from permanent environmental damage have not given up [1]. 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 [2], one of the world's largest salt water lakes. In Khoy (photo above) protesters hung a banner on a bridge [3] saying “the death of Lake Urmia is the death of Azerbaijan.” One blogger published a cartoon saying [4] “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