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Videos: Protests Spread in Iranian Provinces of East and West Azarbaijan

Protests have spread in the Iranian provinces of East and West Azerbaijan. Protesters took to the streets of the provincial cities of Tabriz and Oroumieh on Saturday to denounce governments lack of action with respect to the Lake Oroumieh which is facing dryness due to neglect. The protests now threaten to expand and bring to surface ethnic and political demands and reinvigorate the Iranian opposition movement.

Protests in Tabriz

Protesters attacked in Tabriz

Protesters walking on lake Oroumieh

Tabriz Bazaar on strike

Protests in Orumieh


Lake Urmia (Orumieh) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran near Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake inside Iran, and the third salt water lake on earth, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km square (2,000 mile square).

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